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My research focuses on the computational and perceptual aspects of human-robot interaction. Specifically, I look at developing algorithms that would enable mobile robots to collaborate safely and robustly in the field with humans. The word "field" is loosely used to describe an environment which has not been specifically designed or engineered for mobile robots, and which includes the physical space occupied by humans in their personal or professional life. This includes underwater, aerial, and terrestrial domains, where robots are needed to operate in all kinds of terrain conditions alongside, and/or under human guidance. Communication, perception, dialog, and learning are core elements of my research, in addition to systems design, both software, and hardware.
Certain issues including but not limited to the psychological impacts of robots on humans and ethics in robotics are important components of human-robot interaction; however, students interested in pursuing research in such areas are likely to find other groups better suited to their interest.
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies as part of my group should have a keen interest in probabilistic robotics, robot perception, machine learning and/or interaction design. Good coding skills are necessary as the research will be validated on actual robotic platforms, often outdoors and in challenging environments. Familiarity with hardware (Arduinos, embedded boards, actuators and general robot hardware and sensors) are a plus.
Of course, this is all subject to openings in the lab, which may not always exist.