Humanitarian Engineering & Science: Robotics

This track focuses on combining the principles of humanitarian engineering with robotics applications to meet the needs of people and sociotechnical systems

Robotics spans a wide range of topics, including:

  • Human-robot interactions
  • Robots and humans working together as team
  • The ethics around robotics, including their design and use
  • Citizen science applications of robotics, particularly as related to remote sensing
  • Applications of robotics to humanitarian activities, such as disaster response and relief

Robotics advisor:
Tom Williams,

Required Courses

Regardless of track, all HES graduate students take the required core EDNS courses.
*See those on homepage

Robotics Professional Degree Requirements:

  • CSCI 532: Robot Ethics
  • CSCI 536: Human-Robot Interaction¬†
  • CSCI 573: Human-Centered Robotics
  • Two additional electives – see current list here
  • EDNS 580: HES Capstone Practicum

Robotics Thesis Degree Requirements:

  • CSCI 532: Robot Ethics
  • CSCI 536: Human-Robot Interaction¬†
  • CSCI 573: Human-Centered Robotics
  • One additional elective – see current list here
  • 6 thesis research credits
    Application Requirements
    • Degree candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent coursework. In addition, candidates will need to complete necessary prerequisite courses for the graduate courses, also found in the Mines graduate catalog.
    • HES students selecting this track will need to have prerequisite knowledge in areas such as Data Structures, Probability and Statistics, and Linear Algebra as required by specific courses.
    • Statement of purpose, updated curriculum vitae or resume and transcripts for post-secondary degrees are required for all students.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required for students pursuing the MS thesis option.
    • Non-native English speakers must prove language proficiency. Please review requirements provided by the graduate admissions office.
    • Mines undergraduate students may include up to 6 credits from their undergraduate program counted toward a combined BS/MS degree. External applicants may transfer graduate credit from elsewhere with written permission from the HES program director.
    • Applications are directed through the graduate admissions office.
    Bolivia Fieldwork