About Us

The goal of the Human And Robot Partners (HARP) lab is to understand and develop autonomous, intelligent robots that help people live better. Our robots engage people through social and physical interactions, monitoring human behavior to understand and predict the types of help people need. Our lab’s expertise includes robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and cognitive science. Application domains include assistive robot manipulators for people with motor impairments, robot tutors for education, and robot therapy assistants for people with cognitive or social disabilities.

We are a part of the Robotics Insitute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stop by our lab in NSH 4502 for a visit!


  • 03 June ‘19: HARP lab now has a Twitter! You can find us here!

  • 29 May ‘19: HARP lab demonstrated our research to UNITE HERE!, one of the largest unions serving the hospitality industry. We discussed “The Future of Work” and our approaches to collaborative interaction between humans and robots.

  • 16 May ‘19: Professor Admoni spoke on a panel about “The Future of AI & Robotics” at the second annual AI & Robotics Venture Fair hosted by CMU and Innovation Works.

  • 11 May ‘19: A paper that Stephanie helped author got best paper at CHI 2019. “Occupational Therapy is Making”: Design Iteration and Digital Fabrication in Occupational Therapy.”

  • 02 May ‘19: Ben had a paper accepted at the CHI 2019 Workshop on Hacking Blind Navigation: “In-Sight: Tension-Based Haptic Feedback to Improve Navigation for People who are Blind”.

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