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!


  • 2 Aug ‘18: The latest version of the HARMONIC Dataset, a large multi-modal dataset of human interactions in a shared autonomy setting, is now available.

  • 2 Aug ‘18: Travers Rhodes and Alexandre Candeias worked with our MICO robot over the summer and had a paper accepted to the "Sixth International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics," a workshop at ECCV 2018.

  • 30 Jun ‘18: Henny gave a talk entitled Understanding Natural human Behavior with Assistive Robots at the "Robot Mediated autism Intervention" workshop at RSS 2018.

  • 29 Jun ‘18: Henny gave a talk entitled Natural Human Behaviors for Theory of Mind at the "Towards a framework for Joint Action" workshop at RSS 2018.

  • 29 Jun ‘18: Reuben presented over his work Gaze for Error Detection During Human-Robot Shared Manipulation at the "Towards a framework for Joint Action" workshop at RSS 2018. Check it out on the publications page.

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