Educational & Outreach Events

Here at the HCI Lab we firmly believe in extending the impact of our research and teaching to the broader public. We seek to transcend our academic community to inspire as many different individuals as possible, and by closely integrating our outreach activities with our research and teaching programs we hope to make a difference outside of the University of Wisconsin’s campus community.

Our outreach events fall into three themes: teaching everywhere, opening the lab to the public, and inspiring early engagement in science. From bringing AP Computer Science students in to see our research to hosting Grandparent’s University classes for young children and their family members, we engage in a multitude of outreach events that appeal to various target groups and interests. We strive to be accessible and inspiring to everyone.

National Robotics Week Open House

Thank you to everyone who made this year's National Robotics Week a success! At our lab open house on Friday, April 14th, we welcomed visitors ranging from families to undergraduate and graduate students. The event had four demos: an introduction sequence with Minnie,...

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Grandparents University 2016

After a few years of offering the Social Robotics major at Grandparents University, we came back to do it again in 2016. In each two day July session, grandparents and grandkids learned about what it means to be social, how our behavior affects our interactions, and...

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National Robots Week a success!

Thank you to everyone who attended National Robots Week last Friday! The lab had the pleasure of welcoming over fifty guests throughout the afternoon, who were given an exciting glimpse at the latest robotics research through fun tasks and activities. Kids were given...

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National Robots Week Open House

National Robots Week (NRW) is fast approaching! The lab will be partaking in this once-a-year event for people of all ages to get a hands-on look at the exciting field of robotics. Come by the lab anytime between 1 and 4 PM on Friday, April 11 for demos and...

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National Robotics Week: Lab Open House

Our lab, will host an open house of our robotics lab from 1-4 PM on April 12, 2013, contributing to the National Robotics Week. The event will be of interest to several groups including K-12 students, teachers, parents, and members of the university--those...

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Grandparents University 2012

After last year's inaugural offering of the Social Robotics major at Grandparents University, we came back for all three sessions in 2012. In each two day session, grandparents and grandkids learned about what it means to be social, how our behavior affects our...

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Boy Scouts Visit

Boy Scouts from Pack 53, Den 1 in Madison visited the HCI lab on Saturday to learn about how robots communicate with humans and how our research is improving that interaction. In addition, several of the scouts asked questions about how robots will be used in the...

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Grandparent’s University 2011

A Social Robotics course was offered for the first time this summer as part of the Wisconsin Alumni Association's Grandparent's University. In each two day session, grandparents and grandkids learned about what it means to be social, how our behavior affects our...

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West High School Students Visit Our Lab

West High School teacher Andrew Kuemmel and his students visited our lab to learn more about computer science, human-computer interaction, and robotics. If you are a K-12 teacher and interested in bringing your students to our lab and hear about our research, please...

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National Robotics Week Educational Experience

Our lab, in collaboration with UW-Madison IEEE Robot Team, hosted a day-long educational experience, contributing to the National Robotics Week on April 16, 2010. The event attracted several groups including K-12 students, teachers, parents, and members of the...

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