Theses

Doctoral Theses

  • Philip Robbel, Local Multiagent Control in Large Factored Planning Problems. September 2015. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences. MIT.
  • Sigurður Örn Adalgeirsson, Mind-Theoretic Planning for Social Robots. June 2014. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Adam Whiton, Sartorial Robotics: Electronic-textiles and fiber-electronics for social soft-architecture robotics. September 2013. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences. MIT.
  • Angela Chang, TinkRBooks: Tinkerable Story Elements for Emergent Literacy. August 2011. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Peter Schmitt, Original Machines: Developing CAD/CAM Tools for Object-Oriented Mechatronics. May 2011. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Jesse Gray, Reusing a Robot’s Behavioral Mechanisms to Model and Manipulate Human Mental States. June 2010. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Matthew Berlin, Understanding the Embodied Teacher: Learning for Sociable Robots. January 2008. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Cory Kidd, Designing for Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction and Application to Weight Loss. January 2008. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Guy Hoffman, Ensemble: Fluency and Embodiment for Robots Acting with Humans. September 2007. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Andrea Lockerd Thomaz, Socially Guided Machine Learning. May 2006. Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Andrew Brooks, Coordinating Human-Robot Communication. November 2006. Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT. [PDF]

Masters Theses

  • Sooyeon Jeong, The Impact of Social Robots on Young Patients’ Socio-emotional Well-being in a Pediatric Inpatient Care Context 2017. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • David Nuñez, GlobalLit: a platform for collecting, analyzing, and reacting to children’s usage data on tablet computers. 2015. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Jacqueline Kory, Storytelling with robots: Effects of robot language level on children’s language learning., 2014. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT.[PDF]
  • Kristopher Dos Santos, The Huggable: A socially assistive robot for pediatric care., 2012. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT.[PDF]
  • Natalie Freed, “This is the fluffy robot that only speaks french”: Language use between preschoolers, their families, and a social robot while sharing virtual toys. 2012. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT.[PDF]
  • Adam Setapen, Creating Robotic Characters for Long-Term Interaction. , 2012. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Kenton J. Williams, Physics-, Social-, and Capability-Based Reasoning for Robotic Manipulation. , 2012. S. M. Mechanical Engineering Department.,MIT. [PDF]
  • Jin Joo Lee, Modeling the Dynamics of Nonverbal Behavior on Interpersonal Trust for Human-Robot Interactions., 2011. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • David Robert, Imaginative Play with Blended Reality Characters. , 2011. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Ryan Wistort, TofuDraw: Choreographing Robot Behavior through Digital Painting.,2010. S.M. Thesis Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Sigurður Örn Adalgeirsson. Mebot, a robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence. 2009. S.M. Thesis Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Jun Ki Lee, Affordable Gesture Recognition Based Avatar Control System: A Puppeteering System for the Huggable, 2008. S.M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT.
  • Mikey Siegel, Persuasive Robotics: Towards Understanding the Influence of a Mobile Humanoid Robot over Human Belief and Behavior. 2008. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences. MIT. [PDF]
  • Jeff Lieberman, Accelerated and Improved Motor Learning and Rehabilitation using Kinesthetic Feedback. 2006. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Walter Daniel Stiehl, Sensitive Skins and Somatic Processing for affective and Sociable Robots based upon a Somatic Alphabet Approach, 2005. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • John McBean, Design and Control of a Voice Coil Actuated Arm for Human-Robot Interaction, 2004. S. M. Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. [PDF]
  • Jeff Lieberman, Teaching a Robot Manipulation Skills Through Demonstration, 2004. S. M. Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. [PDF]
  • Jesse Gray, Goal and Action Inference for Helpful Robots Using Self as Simulator, 2004. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]
  • Cory Kidd, Sociable Robots: The Role of Presence and Task in Human-Robot Interaction, June 2003. S. M. Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. [PDF]

M.Eng. Theses

  • Sooyeon Jeong, Developing a Social Robotic Companion for Pediatric Care for Stress and Anxiety Mitigation., 2014, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Nancy Foen, Exploring the human-car bond through an Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA)., February 2012, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Julian Hernandez Munoz, Integrated Vision Framework for a Robotics Research and Development Platform., May 2011, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Maria Guirguis, Robot Search and Rescue: A Comparison of 3D Mapping Techniques., May 2010, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Heather Knight, An Architecture for Sensate Robots: Real Time Social-Gesture Recognition using a Full Body Array of Touch Sensors, September 2008, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Collin Johnson, The Campus Tour Bot: A Robotic Tour Guide for MIT. September 2008. M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Robert Toscano, Building a Semi-Autonomous Sociable Robot Platform for Robust Interpersonal Telecommunication, May 2008, M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Andrew Wang, Physically Animated Desktop Computer for Ergonomic and Affective Movement, May 2006. M. Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Matt Hancher, A Motor Control Framework for Many-Axis Interactive Robots, June 2003. M.Eng. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]

S.B. Theses

  • Kris Dos Santos, Project PEAC: A Personal, Expressive Avatar Controller for the Operation of Virtual Characters., June 2010. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Yingdan Gu, Semi-Autonomous Mobile Phone Communciation Avatar for Enhanced Interaction., February 2008. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Nicolina Akraboff, Design of Transmission Mechanisms for the Head of the ‘Huggable’ Robotic Teddy Bear., January 2008. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Javier Matamoros, Design of a Mixed Reality Workspace for an Expressive Humanoid Robot., June 2006. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Levi Lalla, A Design of Acutation Mechanisms for Use in the “Huggable” Robotic Teddy Bear., June 2006. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Jeremy Scholz, Design of a Voice Coil Actuated Office Chair., June 2004. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]
  • Dan Stiehl, Tactile Perception in Robots: From the Somatic Alphabet to the Realization of a Fully “Sensitive Skin”, June 2003. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [PDF]