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Tutorials and Workshops at HRI2008

Experimental Design for Human-Robot Interaction

A half-day tutorial at the 3rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2008)

March 12th, 2008, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

9:00 - 12:00


Do you want to know how to design an experiment or set of experiments to evaluate how good your robot-interface is? Or to figure out if "regular" people (i.e., people outside of your lab-group) can use your system? Or to systematically explore how cognition/social cognition/communication/interfaces/teamwork impacts your favorite robot? If so, you may be interested in this tutorial. We will explore: This will be a working tutorial; people who come to this tutorial must bring with them a research question they want answered by experimental design (e.g., "I want to know whether my system that performs spatial perspective-taking improves collaboration"). We will work with several research questions and design experiments around them.

Who should sign up? Anyone who wants to learn the basics of experimental design. There are no prerequisites. This tutorial was offered last year at HRI07 (with high marks) and attendees had diverse backgrounds (computer scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, HCI researchers).

Important dates


The number of attendees is limited to 30.

Tutorial Organizer

Greg Trafton, Ph.D., is section head of the Intelligent Systems Section at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He is a cognitive scientist with interests in HRI, interruptions/resumptions, and the cognition of complex visualizations. Greg received his BS in computer science (second major in psychology) from Trinity University and his Ph.D in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.