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Human-Robot Interaction is an interdisciplinary effort aimed at understanding and improving all aspects of interactions between humans and robots. Doctoral students in Human-Robot Interaction have the opportunity to build a unique degree program for themselves as they lay the foundations for future generations of researchers and practitioners working with robots.
The Human-Robot Interaction curriculum draws on knowledge from computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, legal fields, among various others. Cutting across the engineering and social sciences, human-robot interaction research at Tufts is a paradigmatic multi- and inter-disciplinary program with enormous future societal benefits.
Doctoral students work closely with faculty every step of the way. Researchers collaborate with and learn from some of the most renowned experts in the country, all while seamlessly transitioning from graduate studies to a career.
There’s no better place to earn your human-robot interaction degree than in a hub for modern technology. Tufts is only a short subway ride from downtown Boston and Cambridge—well-known centers for leading technology research and development.
Doctoral candidates pursue a joint PhD in their home department and in Human-Robot Interaction. Home departments include:
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to develop and take on new roles in our lives, those with a degree in human-robot interaction will be in increasing demand. The future of AI is bright and holds much promise—to achieve all that’s possible with robots, we’ll need skilled engineers with hands-on experience researching, developing, and applying the principles of robotics and machine learning to projects big and small. With a degree from Tufts, you’ll be situated at the forefront of AI growth.
Three departments are associated with the joint Human-Robot Interaction PhD program: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students apply to and enroll through one of these departments either as a prospective graduate student or as a current graduate student after they have been accepted by one of the departments.
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