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Project 2.2: Human Robotic Interaction prototyping toolkit

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Human Robotic Interaction prototyping toolkit

Interaction Design relies on prototyping methods to help envisage future design concepts and elicit feedback from potential users. A key challenge the design of human-robot interaction (HRI) with collaborative robots is the current lack of prototyping tools, techniques, and materials. Without good prototyping tools, it is difficult to move beyond existing solutions and develop new ways of interacting with robots that make them more accessible and easier for people to use.

This Project will develop a robot collaboration prototyping toolkit that combines physical and simulated robotic systems to explore, develop and test new processes and work routines. You will have scope to explore a range of prototyping techniques and work with real-world industry partners. You will investigate the use of technologies such as motion tracking, mixed-reality interfaces, and lightweight interactive components to allow for exploration of new interaction concepts in a safe way. You will also investigate the use of physical markers, and interactive output components that can augment commercially available collaborative robotic equipment to test other interaction modalities. Your work will enable designers, engineers, and end-users to work together to improve the future of human-robotic interaction.

Research activities

This research project may involve the following activities:

  • Co-design workshops with potential users to establish design requirements
  • Exploration of candidate prototyping technologies to assess suitability
  • Design and development of interactive environments and components
  • Deployment and evaluation of the prototyping toolkit in real-world design projects


Upon completing this research, we expect to develop:

  • New tools for designing and prototyping human robot interactions
  • Techniques for using these tools with end-users in co-design sessions
  • A framework for applying the prototyping toolkit in a design process
  • New knowledge about the nature of prototyping for HRI

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you must have a background in interaction design, human-computer interaction, or a related field particularly with skills in development of interactive prototypes. Ideally, you will have experience carrying out applied design-led research and an ability to interpret qualitative data.

Associated Researchers

Jochen Deuse

Associate Director (Industry Engagement)
University of Technology Sydney
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Matthias Guertler

Research Program Co-lead (Designing Socio-technical Robotic Systems program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Jared Donovan

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Interaction program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Markus Rittenbruch

Research Program Co-lead (Human-Robot Interaction program)
Queensland University of Technology
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Lee Clemon

Research Program Co-lead (Quality Assurance and Compliance program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Marc Carmichael

Chief Investigator
University of Technology Sydney
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