Intelligent and Interactive Systems

Study and develop information and communication technologies that understand and interact with the world.

Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) is an interdisciplinary field that studies the interactions between humans and digital technologies, and develops intelligent technologies that can interact with humans and their environment. Research and teaching in the field include artificial intelligence, computer vision, human-robot interaction, dynamical systems, and cognitive science, among others. Students and faculty explore theories, develop prototype technologies, and evaluate human responses to and interactions with them.

Intelligent and interactive technologies are becoming an increasingly important part of people’s daily lives. For instance, robots cooperate with and enable humans to perform common tasks, while pervasive wearable devices monitor our health habits and daily activities, and cloud-based systems seek to identify the sights and sounds of our surroundings. Investigating and building these technologies involves both understanding the relationship between people and computing systems, as well as technological advances in making computers better able to understand, perceive, and interact with their environment.

The Intelligent and Interactive Systems track in Informatics is a multidisciplinary program that approaches information and communication technology from both technological and human perspectives. Graduate students will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of research topics, including:

  • Autonomous robots
  • Computer vision
  • Culturally-situated technology design
  • Dynamical systems
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Object and activity recognition
  • Social robotics
  • Video and image understanding
  • Wearable and ubiquitous computing


Ph.D. in Informatics, Intelligent and Interactive Systems track