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Frequently Asked Questions
Who are potential HRI faculty advisors?
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What departments are associated with the HRI M.S. program?
You can earn an M.S. in HRI through the Department of Computer
Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or
the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
What departments are associated with the HRI Ph.D. program?
Currently, three departments are associated with the joint HRI Ph.D.
Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Engineering. If you are enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a department
that is currently not associated with the HRI program, it may still be
possible for you to enroll in the program if the department becomes
associated with the HRI program (please contact the
program director for
Why a joint Ph.D. in HRI?
A joint Ph.D. in HRI and your home field will improve your
competitiveness on the job market, given that it includes both a
traditional disciplinary component and a formally recognized
interdisciplinary component. For example, a student who graduates with a
joint Ph.D. in computer science and HRI will be qualified both for
positions in computer science and for interdisciplinary positions
outside of typical computer science settings, such as a positions in
engineering schools or engineering departments. Moreover, joint PhD
students will have additional documented qualifications on the human
experimental side that are usually not included in CS, ECE, or ME
curricula and that are increasingly required in the growing robotics
industry as well as in research settings.