End of August 2015, Kevin Kain, Markus Miksch, and Michael Miksch started their bachelor theses with the Human-Robot Interaction Group at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction. All three students are from the Department of Computer Science from the University of Salzburg.
Kevin Kain will work on the topic of using augmented reality as tool for robot programming. The goal of the thesis is to research which task-related parameters should be shown to robot programmers in order to increase programming efficiency and ease of use.
Markus Miksch works on the topic of robot humour. The usage of humour as personality trait for robots is a topic that has not been addressed a lot in human-robot interaction research so far. The goal of the thesis is to explore how humour can be displayed with robots and how humorous robots are perceived by humans.
Michael Miksch will explore how head movements can be automatically interpreted as input modality for robots interacting with humans. The goal is to recognize head movements and to automatically classify whether an error situation has occurred during a human-robot interaction.