The Stanford Mechanical Engineering INTERACTION DESIGN GROUP (IxD) are engineers, designers, and social scientists interested in the design of interactions between humans and automated technologies, including robots, vehicles, and smart devices. Our research projects focus on human perception, cognition, and learning.

Little Road Driving HUD

What a Driver Wants

Defense Against the Dark Cars

Mechanical Ottoman

Robotic Trash Barrel

Expressive Drawers

We are particularly interested in physical motion, gesture, and signaling; recognizing and adapting to humans’ cognitive and emotional states; shared performance of task; and opportunities for learning and adaptation. We build tools and simulation platforms and apply them in lab and field experiments to test interactions and understand how best to design our future.

IxD is affiliated with Professor Mark Cutkosky’s Research Lab and is based in Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering Design Group.