Currently, three departments are associated with this exciting
interdisciplinary program: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer
Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students apply to and enroll in the
joint HRI Ph.D. program through one of these departments (referred to as the
'home departments'), either as a prospective graduate student or as a
current graduate student after they have been accepted by one of the
departments (e.g., after they have already started their Ph.D.).
A graduate student in the HRI Program is required to meet the requirements
of their home department (Computer Science, Electrical and Computer
Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering) as well as the requirements for the
HRI Program, see below. Note, however, that some of these requirements will
overlap with one another.
There are two broad sets of requirements:
Because the HRI Ph.D. will require more preparatory course work of students than
other disciplinary Ph.D. degrees, the typical duration of the program will
likely be five years.
Students in the HRI Ph.D. program are guaranteed the same funding as is
customary in their respective home departments. At least one year of funding
will be in the form of a mandatory teaching assistant position.
The remaining time will be a combination of teaching assistant and research
assistant positions (the latter likely funded by one of the student's advisors).
It is expected that all funded graduate students will receive at least support
for nine months per calendar year in addition to full tuition remission. Note
that the particular funding conditions of the teaching and research assistant
position, however, will depend on what is customary in the home department of