Social Robotics - Overview

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nebel and Prof. Dr. Felix Lindner (Juniorprof.)

Exercises: Laura Wächter

Time and Location

Lecture: Monday 14:00-16:00
Exercises: Wednesday 12:00-14:00
Location: Building 082, lecture room 00-006


The lecture will be given in English or German.


The lecture addresses social robotics as an interdisciplinary research area. Students are made familiar with the major research topics and methods in social robotics to an extent that allows them to understand current research literature in the field of social robotics, to put it into context, and to actively participate in social robotics research.


Major topics include:
  • Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics (using R)
  • Paradigms of experimental design (Wizard-of-Oz etc.)
  • Algorithms and software architectures for social robots
  • Formal models of human preferences and abilities
  • Multi-modal interfaces (language, gestures, facial expression)
  • Robo ethics and machine ethics