Mindstorms Logo
National Instruments Logo

The HRI Student Design Competition


The HRI2008 conference will host a student design competition to foster young talents. The goal of the competition is to create exciting new ideas for interaction between robots and humans. The emphasis is on the design of the robot's interaction with people, and we look forward to receiving creative solutions from university students (undergraduate and graduate). The human-robot interaction design will be judged on novelty, consistency, possible impact on academia and industry, and presentation. A jury of experts will determine the winner.


Students will be given only about four weeks to complete their design. Students can work in teams of up to four members. The number of participating teams is limited to twelve. The registration will in principle be handled on a first come first served basis, while taking into account the qualification and motivation of each team. Every registered team will receive a Lego NXT box and additional sensors, actuators and regular Lego bricks on February 12th 2008. The students are not allowed to use any other material than those provided. However they are allowed to use other software, such as Lejos. At the HRI'08 conference each team will be given about 5 minutes to present their design during a lunch session. The expert jury will judge the designs and announce the winner later during the conference. For each student team that registers for the design contest, at least one student needs to attend HRI'08 and register for the conference by 31 January 2008. The standard conference refunding policies apply for these registrations. Students may apply for a limited number of travel grants.. Please check the HRI website for details.
Students or student teams who would like to participate in the design contest are asked to register their team by sending an email to c.bartneck@tue.nl by 28 January 2008 with the following information:

  1. Name of the team
  2. Name(s) and email address(es) of all team members
  3. The postal address needed to deliver the Lego box
  4. Short statement of interest/background in human-robot interaction
  5. Any initial ideas on robot interaction design

Important Dates


Lego and National Instruments provide the material for the student design competition and sponsor the lunch break during which presentations will be given. Students are required to bring all the received Lego boxes to the conference.