IAAC – Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction
Hardware III
Faculty: Angel Muñoz
Faculty Assistant: Augustina Palazzo


Photo credits: Sujay Kumarji, Omar Geneidy


The way we communicated with machines has long been through mechanical components such as switches, buttons, levers, steering wheels etc. Then, the keyboard and the mouse appear.
Human-machine interaction(HMI) is about how humans and machines communicate with each other and is becoming an important part of daily life and processes in industry. More and more devices are connected, and tasks are performed automatically.

We are now in the touch-screen era. Body sensors which collect data automatically in wearables. Speech recognition combined with artificial intelligence also allows fast progress.
Gesture control is also emerging as a new way of interaction. Technologies that augment reality now also act as an interface. In an artificially generated 3D world, virtual reality glasses immerse users while augmented reality glasses superimpose virtual elements in the real environment.
Mixed reality combines both technologies, enabling realistic interfaces thanks to their high resolution.

 Photo credits: Stefano Meloni, Riccardo Mura, Luis Arturo Pacheco Alcalà

During the seminar we will go through all these new different ways of interaction with machines. From touch and gesture to virtual interfaces.

Learning Objectives

At course completion the student will:
– Learn the latest advanced interaction techniques
– Know how to develop a sensing and acting device
– Real time ABB’s  robotic arms control with Robot Studio and Machina Bridge