Student Design Challenge: HRI Design that is “Everyday Active”

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Vinh Nguyen, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, is seeking students to participate in a Student Design Challenge at the Human-Robot Interaction 2024 Conference, which takes place March 11-14, 2024, in Boulder, Colorado. See below for the design challenge description.

The maximum team size is five; Nguyen is looking for three additional students.

For the design challenge, students will explore and create an HRI design that is “everyday interactive.” The working prototype doesn’t need to be an autonomous robot (it can be puppetted), so student teams will have a lot of freedom to think.

Questions? Interested? Contact Vinh Nguyen at

Student Design Challenge Description: Building on the overall conference theme of HRI in the real world, we encourage SDC submissions that explore making the everyday interactive. Whether teams decide to re-imagine existing, everyday human-machine interactions (what does HRI for a coffee machine look like?) or develop novel, interactive robot artifacts to be deployed in the office, the schoolroom, the city park etc., the aim is to generate effectively compelling interactions that have potential to inspire, surprise, and delight. More details here.

Nguyen is a member of the Institute of Computing Cybersystems’s (ICC) Centers for Data Sciences (DataS) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).