Aaron’s specialty is human-robot interaction and advanced transportation. He is interested in how to enable timely and appropriate interaction when interfaces are restricted through design, tasks, the environment, time pressures, and/or user abilities. He utilizes training and experience in robotics, intelligent transportation, rehabilitation, human factors and ergonomics, human-computer interaction, universal design, and research methods.
Liz is currently a project scientist at the Robotics Institute examining people’s interactions with social robots. Previously, she performed research with interactive avatars for children, assessing new computer animation methods, and neuroimaging for autism. She received her Ph.D. from the CMU Psychology Department and her B.A. from Yale University.
Suresh Kumaar Jayaraman
Suresh is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics Institute. He is broadly interested in developing trustworthy robots for human-robot collaboration through effective communication. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Oscar J. Romero
Oscar is a project scientist at the Robotics Institute. He is interested in building large-scale Intelligent Personal Assistants to support people on their daily tasks. His current work at TBD Lab focuses on inclusive conversational agents that learn and support people with disabilities. His research interests lies at the intersection of cognitive systems, AI, and conversational systems. At Carnegie Mellon, he has worked on projects like Tiramisu (Robotics Institute); InMind, SARA, and SOGO (Machine Learning Department); and RCTA (Psychology Department). He received his Ph.D. from Technical University of Madrid and his B.Sc. from Distrital University of Colombia.
Anthony works closely with the TBD Lab as an external consultant. For 15 years he was a Senior Systems Scientist at CMU. He was co-Founder and Director of the Carnegie Mellon Master of Computational Data Science degree program (MCDS). Anthony also co-founded the Master of Science in Product Management. This degree program focuses on transitioning software engineers to product management roles. Currently Anthony is CEO of Fort Alto Inc, an Internet of Things low-code application platform company. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton and his MBA from Carnegie Mellon.
Advised Graduate Students
Abena is a PhD student in the Robotics Institute. She is broadly interested in the design of accessible interfaces to support people with disabilities. Her current work focuses on the design and evaluation of robotic interfaces to help people with visual impairments navigate complex indoor spaces.
Cathy is a Master’s student at the Language Technologies Institute. Her current research focuses on understanding ways to improve accessibility in dialogue systems for people with disabilities. She is also interested in studying how large language models can be used to enhance dialogue and interaction.
Huy Quyen Ngo
Huy Quyen (Huy) is a PhD student in the Robotics Institute. He is broadly interested in robotic manipulation and learning in the human-robot interaction domain. He is currently working on robot proficiency self-assessment, specifically the design of motion behaviors in robots that communicate non-verbal cues related to task performance.
Kate is a PhD student at the Robotics Institute. Her current research focuses on the application of verifiably safe control to human-robot interaction. More generally, she’s interested in developing technologies that help people maintain and improve their independence and quality of life.
Allan is a final-year PhD student at the Robotics Institute. His research interest is in social navigation. He studies how pedestrians interact with each other. His aim is to develop learning based methods to teach mobile robots to conform to our social rules while navigating in public spaces.
Thesis Alumni (Reverse Chronological)
Samantha Reig (PhD): University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lynn Kirabo (PhD): Harvey Mudd College
Mary Theresa Hatfalvi (MS): Honeywell
Xiang Zhi Tan (PhD): Northeastern University
Sarthak Ahuja (MS): Amazon
Qian Yang (PhD): Cornell University
Abhijat Biswas (MS): PhD student at CMU Robotics Institute
Ceci Morales (MS): PhD student at CMU Robotics Institute
Sarah Tan (MS): Rotolily
Marynel Vázquez (MS, PhD): Yale University
Ishani Chatterjee (MS): Postdoc at Oregon State University
Chandrayee Basu (MS): Postdoc at Stanford University
Poornima Kaniarasu (MS): Aurora
Postdoc and Staff Alumni
Zhong Yu Bing
Ximin “Teddy” Ding
Sofia Gadea Omelchenko
Xiao (Ivy) He
Hanzhang “Echo” Hu
Rufeng “Steven” Ji
Jirachaya (Fern) Limprayoon
Stephanie M Mahalchick
Yuxin (Abbey) Pei
Jeong Min Seo
Rhomni St. John
Lauren Von Dehsen
Sikai Chen: Visiting scholar (2019-2022) while at Purdue University
Alvaro Castro-Gonzales: Faculty visitor (2017) from Universidad Carlos III Madrid
Motoki Shino: Faculty visitor (2010-2011) from University of Tokyo
During video calls with lab members, you may be lucky enough to see a live studio audience.