Human-robot interaction cuts across the engineering and social sciences, offering a paradigmatic interdisciplinary program with enormous future societal benefits—especially as intelligent autonomous robots increasingly become part of our lives. The future of artificial intelligence (AI) will be shaped by students with inquisitive minds willing to draw upon knowledge from multiple fields to help define the role of robots in the social and moral norms that govern human lives.
The Tufts human-robot interaction program is distinguished by its opportunities to work closely with faculty every step of the way. Graduate students have the chance to collaborate with and learn from some of the most renowned experts in the country, all while seamlessly transitioning from graduate studies to a full-time career or a doctoral program.
The program is offered through three departments: computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Students in each department share a set of five required core courses, then focus on classes approved by their respective department. Learn about topics ranging from affective interfaces to digital signal processing to collaborative robotics.
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.
Students in each department share a set of five required core courses, but other requirements vary.
The School of Engineering's Graduate Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical principles they have learned in their coursework to real-world engineering projects. Gain up to six months of full-time work experience, build your resume, and develop a competitive advantage for post-graduation employment. Learn more about the Co-Op Program.
As 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.
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Meet the people who can help you jump-start your career in human-robot interaction. You’ll be able to cultivate your passions in a dynamic and supportive environment. And with so many of our professors bringing their professional practice into the classroom, you’ll have direct access to their networks after graduation.
The Department of Computer Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering all offer an MS in Human-Robot Interaction. These options are listed in the graduate admissions application.
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