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Prof. Bilge Mutlu: Designing Robots for Human Interaction

  • January 23, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Oakwood Village University Woods, Center for the Arts and Education, 6209 Mineral Point Road, Madison, 53705


  • Free and Open to the Public

    Free Parking

    No Registration Required

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

Free enclosed parking.  

Registration is not required.

Lecture Description 

Robots offer humankind unprecedented and highly complex capabilities for continuous interactions with people, including reshaping many human activities and environments. These new forms of interaction also bring forth new design challenges—how do we build robots and robotics devices so that they work effectively with people of all ages, that they are not disruptive to human social and physical environments, and that they are accepted and welcomed by people?

In this talk, I will address and visually show three key challenges in designing robotic technologies for human interaction: (1) defining and studying the design space for robotic systems for human use; (2) developing support tools for the complex design problems; and (3) integrating robotic systems into human environments and studying their use and adoption over long periods of time.

Bilge Mutlu, PhD

Bilge Mutlu is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he directs the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and co-directs the Collaborative Robotics Laboratory. His research builds human-centered methods and principles to enable the design of robotic technologies and their successful integration into the human environment. He teaches user-experience design and research methods and co-directs the "Mad UX" User Experience Design Certificate Program. Dr. Mutlu has an interdisciplinary background that combines computational, behavioral, and design methods and knowledge and a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a former Fulbright fellow and recipient of the NSF CAREER award. His research has received 17 paper awards and nominations and recognition in international press including the Economist, New Scientist, and Discovery News. More information on Dr. Mutlu and his research program can be found at http://bilgemutlu.com and http://hci.cs.wisc.edu.

Location & Parking Instructions: 

Lecture Location:

Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
6209 Mineral Point Road    
Madison, Wisconsin 53705    


Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods both outdoors & underground. 

  • Enter Oakwood at the traffic light at Island Drive and Mineral Point Road.
  • Take the left fork and then the second driveway on the right to enter visitor underground parking. Push the button for assistance. Park in any visitor or nonreserved stall;
  • Take elevator to first floor lobby where signs or a receptionist will help you.
  • When you exit the underground parking, the garage door opens automatically.
  • You may also park in a surface visitor spot (marked spaces along the drive and up the hill toward the large lot).
  • To link to the Oakwood campus map, use //tinyurl.com/y6zaugvm.
  • If you are walking to Oakwood Village,  enter Heritage, 6205 Mineral Point Road, at its main entrance (third driveway on the right, at stop sign) or enter the auditorium doors directly from the lower drive.
  • If taking the bus, Madison Metro Bus Routes 14 and 67, stop on Mineral Point Road in front of Oakwood, if traveling easterly, or across Mineral Point Road from Oakwood, if traveling westerly
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