I am a research specialist at the Interactive Robotics Group, MIT, supervised by Prof. Julie Shah.
I am working on developing planning and learning techniques to achieve safe, efficient, and fluid human-robot collaboration.
Previously, I obtained an M.S. degree in Robotics at the Robotics Institute, CMU.
I conducted research at the Personal Robotics Lab, co-advised by Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa and Prof. Stephanie Rosenthal.
My Master's research was about making robot behaviors understandable and predictable for humans via natural language-based and demonstration-based explanations.
I obtained B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Back then, I was working on LiDAR-based obstacle avoidance for autonomous wheelchairs at the Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Laboratory advised by Prof. Sean Brennan.
To enable safe and efficient human-robot collaboration, robot and human need to understand and adapt to each other. From the perspective of a robot, it needs to recognize and predict human behaviors in order to plan motions around humans and behave expressively in order to convey the robot intentions and reasonings to humans.
"Pick up the yellow block."
"Pick up the leftmost orange block from your perspective."
Ada (Assistive Dexterous Arm) is describing the target block while picking it up!
"The robot is avoiding grass."
"The robot is avoiding rocks."
"The robot is avoiding dirt roads."
"The robot doesn't care :)"
Advised by Prof. Gianni Di Caro
Yellow=human pursuer Purple=robot pursuer Red=robot evader
I built a RoBoT for Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest at Penn State!
I am working on "Robbie & Yuri" at MIT!
I worked on "Herb" (Home Exploring Robotic Butler) at CMU!
I am working on "Abbie" at MIT!
Prof. Stephanie Rosenthal's article about our work Why Did the Robot Do That is on Y-combinator!