Computational Human-Robot Interaction

A. Thomaz, G. Hoffman, and M. Cakmak, “Computational Human-Robot Interaction,” Foundations and Trends in Robotics, vol. 4, no. 2-3, pp. 105–223, Dec. 2016, doi: 10.1561/2300000049.


We present a systematic survey of computational research in human-robot interaction (HRI) over the past decade. Computational HRI is the subset of the field that is specifically concerned with the algorithms,techniques, models, and frameworks necessary to build robotic systems that engage in social interactions with humans. Within the field of robotics, HRI poses distinct computational challenges in each of the traditional core research areas: perception, manipulation, planning,task execution, navigation, and learning. These challenges are addressed by the research literature surveyed here. We surveyed twelve publication venues and include work that tackles computational HRI challenges, categorized into eight topics: (a) perceiving humans and their activities; (b) generating and understanding verbal expression; (c) generating and understanding non-verbal behaviors; (d) modeling, expressing, and understanding emotional states; (e) recognizing and conveying intentional action; (f) collaborating with humans; (g) navigating with and around humans; and (h) learning from humans in asocial manner. For each topic, we suggest promising future research areas.

BibTeX Entry

  title = {Computational Human-Robot Interaction},
  author = {Thomaz, Andrea and Hoffman, Guy and Cakmak, Maya},
  year = {2016},
  month = dec,
  journal = {Foundations and Trends in Robotics},
  volume = {4},
  number = {2-3},
  pages = {105--223},
  doi = {10.1561/2300000049},
  isbn = {978-1-68083-209-9},
  issn = {1935-8253},
  type = {journal}