Relational Machines

A photograph of the robot Leo.  Leo stands before three plunger style buttons with its hand on the center button.

The robot Leo. (Image courtesy of Andrea Lockerd and Guy Hoffman.)


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Spring 2005



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This course examines the issues, principles, and challenges toward building relational machines through a combination of studio-style design and critique along with lecture, lively discussion of course readings, and assignments. Insights from social psychology, human-computer interaction, and design will be examined, as well as how these ideas are manifest in a broad range of applications for software agents and robots.

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Cynthia Breazeal. MAS.965 Relational Machines. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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