Digital Humanities & Social Robotics Laboratory

Humanitarian Problems of Informatics Laboratory

The Digital Humanities and Social Robotics Laboratory was established in 2014 in order to explore the possibilities of application and interpretation of the new digital, information and communication technologies in the humanity sciences and education. Today Digital Humanities is one of the most relevant and fastest growing research directions, opening up new opportunities and prospects for humanity science. The Laboratory became productive interdisciplinary platform by combining researchers of various humanitarian and technical areas and organically mixing traditional methods and practice of humanitarian, social, and computational science and innovation for the successful solution of the present problems.

Research, holding by the laboratory, is based on relevant theoretical materials and applied world-class developement: publication of leading experts (monographs, articles) and the development of basic research teams from universities of the US, Europe and Asia. The planned development of the experimental projects (under development) is the same level as the leading foreign analogues (both hardware: humanoid robot NAO and design experimental studies). At this point, the novelty of the results is determined by the theoretical systematization of a multidisciplinary approach to research in the field of digital humanities and social robotics (including socio-cultural, technological and empirical application of the concept). This work has not been carried out within the domestic research and scientific literature yet.

The features of the educational model

Master’s programs “Human informatics” and “Digital technologies in socio-humanitarian practices (Digital Humanities)” are meaningfully and logically related that allows to combine them in the integrated education project “Digital Humanities”. This integration offers exciting possibilities for individualization of educational trajectories of students in master’s programs, as it allows to include subjects from contiguous programs, as of realized for other program tracks. The combination of educational standards has become possible thanks to the presence of the large block of common modules, it is caused by the interdisciplinary essence of the program, and a wide range of elective courses, concretizing educational trajectories within the Digital humanities. Draft curriculum was carried out according to the decision of specific tasks, which face different humanitarian spheres, attracting or comprehending digital technologies.

The features of the educational model

A feature of the testing model is changing of the management system from focusing on structural units (departments, faculty or institute), which is carrying out educational activities, to focusing on educational product – in this case, the master’s program, which meets the modern requirements of science, education and business. In its building involved not a separate structural unit, but the formed on the basis of a research laboratory interdisciplinary team, which includes representatives of science, education and business. The interdisciplinary team (instead of individual departments) formed on the basis of a research laboratory, which includes representatives of science, education and business is involved in creation of the program.

An interdisciplinary educational program has been created at the intersection of the interests and it:

  • is based on modern scientific platform (research laboratory or center of excellence), which provides access to the relevant information and the results of the latest research;
  • is based on the implementation of innovative pedagogical methods and tools to personalize the learning process and to ensure its maximum interactivity and practical orientation;
  • takes into account the needs of the modern economy as well as the wishes of potential employers, and also ensures the development of real projects to employers needs.


Galina V. Mozhaeva

Academic director – Galina V. Mozhaeva, PhD, associate professor , head of Digital humanities & social robotics laboratory.