• 1 Feb ‘21: Michelle’s paper on “Adapting Language Complexity for AI-Based Assistance” was accepted to Lifelong Learning and Personalization in Long-Term Human-Robot Interaction workshop at HRI 2021!

  • 31 Jan ‘21: Mike’s paper on “Robot Teaching for Human Inverse Reinforcement Learning” was accepted to the Robots for Learning workshop at HRI 2021!

  • 19 Jan ‘21: Prof Admoni gave an invited talk at the Digital Futures Fly-high fika seminar. Digital Futures is a cross-disciplinary research center in Sweden that explores digital technologies.

  • 11 Jan ‘21: Our paper “Co-designing Socially Assistive Sidekicks for Motion-based AAC” was accepted to HRI 2021!!

  • 7 Jan ‘21: Ada’s work on “The Effect of Multiple Audience Perspectives on Path Legibility” was accepted to the Workshop on AIxFood at IJCAI-PRICAI 2020!

  • 19 Nov ‘20: Our joint work with our collaborators at UMass Lowell on “Building The Foundation of Robot Explanation Generation Using Behavior Trees” has been accepted to THRI!

  • 5 Nov ‘20: Ada’s paper on “Diminished Reality for Close Quarters Robotic Telemanipulation” and Sarthak’s paper on “Learning Vision-Based Physics Intuition Models for Non-Disruptive Object Extraction” are being presented now at IROS On-Demand 2020!

  • 21 Oct ‘20: Congratulations to Henny Admoni, for receiving the A. Nico Habermann Career Development Professorship in Computer Science!

  • 14 Oct ‘20: Welcome to our new PhD student in the HARP Lab, Michelle Zhao! We are so excited to have you join us!

  • 10 Sept ‘20: Big congrats to Sarthak Ahuja whose IROS paper is a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award!

  • 01 Sept ‘20: Dr. Admoni is co-PI on a new NSF NRI project investigating how arrays of delta robots could be used for human-aware dexterous manipulation. The project is led by Dr. Zeynep Temel and also includes Dr. Oliver Kroemer and Dr. Matthew Mason. More here.

  • 17 Aug ‘20: Thanks to our fabulous RISS students: Ellie Mamantov, Nadia AlMutlak, and Kathleen Medill! Check out their final presentations here.

  • 13 Aug ‘20: Ben and Abhijat’s paper “Examining the Effects of Anticipatory Robot Assistance on Human Decision Making” is accepted at ICSR 2020.

  • 28 July ‘20: Sarthak has successfully defended his Master’s thesis on “Visual Assessment for Non-Disruptive Object Extraction”. Congratulations!

  • 1 July ‘20: Pallavi’s paper on “Iterative Interactive Reward Learning” has been accepted at the Participatory Approaches to Machine Learning Workshop at ICML 2020! Congratulations Pallavi! Check out her paper on our publications page.

  • 30 June ‘20: Ada’s paper on “Diminished Reality for Close Quarters Robotic Telemanipulation” and Sarthak’s paper on “Learning Vision-Based Physics Intuition Models for Non-Disruptive Object Extraction” have been accepted for presentation at IROS 2020! Congratulations to Ada, Sarthak and all the co-authors!

  • 26 June ‘20: Prof Admoni has been awarded a 2020 Okawa Foundation Research Grant. The Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications, a non-profit organization from Japan, gives awards to excellent individuals from major U.S. universities to support their prospective research projects.

  • 21 June ‘20: Meghna Behari is joining HARP lab for the summer, visiting from the North Allegheny School District! Welcome, Meghna!

  • 31 May ‘20: Welcome to Kathleen Medill, Ellie Mamantov, and Nadia AlMutlak, who are joining us this summer through the RI Summer Scholars program! Relatedly, welcome to CMU undergrads who are joining us for the summer - Samuel Leong, Karen Zhang, Vignesh Rajmohan and Gustavo Silvera!

  • 17 May ‘20: Minji has successfully completed her honor bachelor’s senior thesis on “Detecting the End of Speaking Turns to Enhance Social Robot’s Participation in Group Conversation”. After working this upcoming summer in the lab, she is heading to Waymo in Mountain View, California. Congratulations!

  • 6 May ‘20: Yaxin has successfully defended her Master’s thesis on “Children’s Exploration with Social Robots in Art Making.” Congratulations!

  • 5 May ‘20: Tesca has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on “Human-guided Task Transfer in Interactive Robots.” Congratulations!

  • 23 April ‘20: Pallavi gave a lightning talk about her ongoing research on human-centered interactive learning at the CMU Symposium on AI & Social Good. Check it out here!

  • 2 April ‘20: Professor Admoni has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to study how intelligent robots can provide proactive assistance based on human behavior and context! Congratulations!

  • 1 April ‘20: Welcome to our new Postdoc, Tesca Fitzgerald! Tesca will be affiliated with HARP Lab as well as Reid Simmons and Aaron Steinfeld’s groups as part of the ONR MURI project on AI self-assessment. We are excited to have you join us!

  • 6 March ‘20: Stephanie’s CHI paper, “Conversational Agency in Augmentative and Alternative Communication”, has received an Honorable Mention award! This is given to at most 5% of CHI papers. Congrats Stephanie and all the co-authors!

  • 18 Feb ‘20: Reuben has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis proposal on “Eye Gaze for Assistive Manipulation”. Congratulations!

  • 12 Feb ‘20: Professor Admoni spoke at CMU Alumni Association event on “The Science and Technology of Healing.”

  • 12 Feb ‘20: Reuben will be presenting his Ph.D. thesis proposal on “Eye Gaze for Assistive Manipulation” on February 18th! Find out more details here.

  • 31 Jan ‘20: Prof Admoni gave a lecture about the lab’s research at the Human Computer Interaction Institute Seminar at CMU.

  • 28 Jan ‘20: Farewell to visiting student Juan Pablo Vasconez from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria. All the best for your future work!

  • 23 Jan ‘20: Professor Admoni was invited to give multiple talks on how cognitive psychology, machine learning and robotics are colliding to develop the next generation of collaborative robots at the World Economic Forum 2020. Checkout her talk on “The Future of Human-Robot Interaction” here!

  • 15 Jan ‘20: Reuben’s HRI Pioneers workshop paper titled “Eye Gaze for Assistive Manipulation” is now available. Check it out here!

  • 14 Jan ‘20: Ben is completing an internship at Facebook Reality Labs in Redmond, WA this semester!

  • 14 Jan ‘20: Professor Admoni gave the ARCS Foundation 2020 Winter Lecture on her research in assistive and collaborative robotics.

  • 9 Jan ‘20: Professor Admoni gave a lecture at the Computer Science Colloquium at BYU. Her talk was titled “Understanding Human Behavior for Robotic Assistance and Collaboration.”

  • 8 Jan ‘20: Check out Stephanie’s CHI 2020 paper titled “Conversational Agency in Augmentative and Alternative Communication” on our publications page!

  • 20 Dec ‘19: Reuben was accepted to the HRI Pioneers workshop!

  • 9 Dec ‘19: Our paper led by Stephanie “Conversational Agency in Augmentative and Alternative Communication” has been accepted for presentation at CHI 2020!

  • 6 Dec ‘19: Professor Admoni gave the Robotics Colloquium talk at the University of Washington.

  • 28 Nov ‘19: It’s Happening Here at the HARP lab!

  • 22 Oct ‘19: Prof Admoni gave a talk outlining the research challenges of HRI as part of a Robotics Roadmapping Meeting held at UMass Lowell on November 15 and 16. The goal of the meeting is to update the US National Robotics Roadmap for 2020. Find out more here

  • 25 Oct ‘19: The lab hosted a project team as part of the OurCS 2019 workshop for undergrad women in CS! Stephanie Valencia, Yaxin Hu are leading a project, with help from Minji Kim and Henny Admoni, on “Developing Robot Behaviors for Social Communication Support.”

  • 24 Oct ‘19: New DARPA project at Carnegie Mellon explores team collective intelligence - when the team consists of several people and AI. Learn more here

  • 22 Oct ‘19: Welcome to our new PhD students, Abhijat Biwas & Maggie Collier! We are excited to have you join us!

  • 11 Oct ‘19: Abhijat, Mike, Pallavi, Maggie, and Sarthak are looking forward to discussing their current work at the Northeast Robotics Colloquium this weekend in Philadelphia!

  • 09 Oct ‘19: Goodbye to visiting student Ayaka Matsumoto from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology! Thanks for all your hard work with us this summer!

  • 25 Sept ‘19: Henny was quoted in an article by the Verge on Boston Dynamics robot dog Spot and the challenges of human and robot interaction.

  • 14 August ‘19: Nadia AlMutlak presented on her project “Incorporating Eye Gaze Into Shared Autonomy for Assistive Robots” at the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Research Showcase! Read more here and enjoy the poster here!

  • 01 August ‘19: Students working on the robot self-assessment project (Pallavi Koppol, Sarthak Ahuja, and Michael Lee) traveled to UMass Lowell Nerve Center to integrate their research with collaborating universities (UMass Lowell, Tufts, and Brigham Young)!

  • 24 July ‘19: Abhijat Biswas has now successfully completed his MSR thesis presentation: “Human Torso Pose Forecasting for the Real World.” Congratulations!

  • 01 July ‘19: Ayaka Matsumoto is joining HARP lab for the summer, visiting from Interactive Media Design Laboratory at the NARA Institute of Science and Technology! Welcome, Ayaka!

  • 01 July ‘19: In addition to her primary appointment in the Robotics Institute, Professor Admoni has received a courtesy appointment to the Human Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at CMU.

  • 26 June ‘19: Reuben Aronson presented his work on Semantic gaze labeling for human-robot shared manipulation at ETRA!

  • 08 June ‘19: Students Nadia AlMutlak and Yaxin Hu joined the lab through Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Welcome, Nadia and Yaxin!

  • 11 June ‘19: Professor Admoni spoke at the EmTech Next Conference at MIT. Her talk, titled “Understanding Human Behavior for Better Human-Robot Collaboration,” is available online.

  • 02 June ‘19: Henny and Illah Nourbakhsh were invited to lead a panel discussion on “When Robots Become Our Companions: Facts, Fictions, and Uncomfortable Truths” at the Pittsburgh Public Theater!

  • 01 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”.

  • 02 May ‘19: HARP Lab demonstrated our research for JP Morgan architects looking for inspiration and better understanding of the workplaces of the future.

  • 01 May ‘19: Stephanie presented her work on “An Approach to Last Meter Problem: Designing and Deploying Low-Cost, Custom Fabricated Interactive Tactile Tiles for Navigation and Spatial Awareness” at the CHI 2019 Workshop on Hacking Blind Navigation.

  • 30 Apr ‘19: Members of the new RI Artificial Intelligence course visited HARP Lab to get an overview of HRI and our research here!

  • 25 Apr ‘19: We got to introduce kids and families to our robots at the RI ‘Take Our Kids To Work Day’!

  • 12 Apr ‘19: HARP Lab showcased our new demo during CMU’s National Robotics Week.

  • 29 Apr ‘19: Ada Taylor was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in the field of Robotics and Computer Vision!

  • 07 Mar ‘19: Sony Computer Science Laboratory’s president and CEO Hiroaki Kitano and VP/Senior Chief Researcher of Sony’s AI and Collaboration Office Masahiro Fujita visited the lab and discussed current projects they are sponsoring.

  • 11 Mar ‘19: Mike Lee presented his work titled “Calibration of Trust through Robot Self-Confidence” at the 2019 HRI Pioneers workshop.

  • 07 Mar ‘19: Reuben’s paper “Semantic Gaze Labeling for Human-Robot Shared Manipulation” has been selected for presentation at ETRA ‘19!

  • 01 Mar ‘19: Calvin presented his research work on “Imitation Learning for Assistive Control” at MechE’s annual Graduate Research Symposium.

  • 31 Jan ‘19: Michael Huang received an undergraduate research award, the Semiconductor Research Corporation-URO. Congrats Michael!

  • 31 Jan ‘19: We have a few new lab members! Welcome Michael (sophomore), Siddharth (sophomore), Roman (senior), and Calvin (MS MechE).

  • 9 Jan ‘19: HARPLab did a demo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) annual Convening Leaders conference.

  • 21 Dec ‘18: Mike Lee was selected for HRI Pioneers 2019. Congrats Mike!

  • 18 Dec ‘18: Prof. Admoni spent a week traveling around China with representatives from CMU’s Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics Club. The group visited universities and high schools in Beijing, Wuhan, and Suzhou to talk about the Girls of Steel and the CMU Robotics Institute.

  • 12 Nov ‘18: Prof. Admoni served as a panelist at the 2018 reThink Food Conference held by the Culinary Institute of America and shared her views on Robotics and Machine Learning- Less Labor and More Creativity from Field to Fork.

  • 24 Oct ‘18: Stephanie presented her work in Colombia as a Geek Girls LatAm ambassador to support women doing robotics for education, AI, and HCI!

  • 22 Oct ‘18: HARP Lab grew by a few this fall as we welcomed new graduate students - Ada Taylor (PhD RI), Mike Lee (PhD RI), Pallavi Koppol (PhD CSD), and Sarthak Ahuja (MS RI)!

  • 9 Oct ‘18: HARPLab gave a demo for members of the AFL-CIO during their visit to CMU’s Block Center for Technology and Society.

  • 8 Oct ‘18: HARPLab spread the love of STEM by sharing a demo with visiting middle schoolers as part of CMU’s TechNights initiative.

  • 5 Oct ‘18: HARPLab gave a demo to members of the Goldenway Education Foundation Ltd. during their campus visit.

  • 14 Sept ‘18: Prof. Admoni participated in the "Designing Intelligence: Shaping AI and Society" panel as part of the Grand Opening of Tepper Quad, where she discussed the future of artificial intelligence. A recording can be found here.

  • 20 Aug ‘18: Welcome to the incoming RI grad student class!

  • 16 Aug ‘18: Sad to say goodbye to our summer intern, Maggie Collier!

  • 9 Aug ‘18: Maggie presented her work entitled Eyegaze Behavior during Telemanipulation of a Multi stage task at the RISS poster session.

  • 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: Prof. Admoni gave a talk entitled Understanding Natural human Behavior with Assistive Robots at the "Robot Mediated autism Intervention" workshop at RSS 2018.

  • 29 Jun ‘18: Prof. Admoni 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.

  • 29 Jun ‘18: Abhijat presented over his work Human Torso Pose Forecasting in the Real World at the "Multimodal Perception and Control" workshop at RSS 2018. Check it out on the publications page.

  • 28 Jun ‘18: HARPLab invited interested researchers at RSS for a Lab Tour.

  • 27 Jun ‘18: Check out the HARMONIC Dataset that we have just released!

  • 27 Jun ‘18: In town for RSS? Come visit HARP Lab during the lab tours this evening!

  • 22 Jun ‘18: Prof. Admoni was quoted in a Washington Post article about robot baristas!

  • 14 Jun ‘18: Abhijat has a paper accepted at the “Multimodal Perception and Control” workshop at RSS 2018! Take a look at a pre-print on the publications page.

  • 7 Jun ‘18: Reading group restarts for the summer.

  • 1 Jun ‘18: Maggie Collier, RI summer scholar, is our newest visiting lab member!

  • 25 May ‘18: Prof. Admoni was on Science Friday talking about our research and the future of human-robot interaction, more broadly! Take a listen here.

  • 20 May ‘18: Reuben has a paper accepted to the “Towards a framework for Joint Action” workshop. A pre-print is on the Publications page!

  • 15 May ‘18: HARPLab is part of a collaborative multi-university project (MURI) to study self-assessment in robots together with other researchers at Brigham Young University, CMU, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

  • 14 May ‘18: Ben gave a demo to science fair winning middle school students from the Broadcom MASTERS program.

  • 9 May ‘18: Prof. Admoni spoke to middle school students from Infinity Charter Schools about human-robot interaction. Abhijat and Ben gave robot demos to the students, as well.

  • 8 May ‘18: HARPLab went out to dinner at Mad Mex to celebrate the MRSD teams final presentation and the end of the semester.

  • 7 May ‘18: The MRSD team: I-Chen, Jiahong, Karsh, Ting-Che, and Yang-Yang presented their Assistive Intent Recognition project poster for Spring validation!

  • 5 Mar ‘18: Reuben presented his work on eye-hand coordination for assistive manipulation, at HRI 2018!

  • Fall ‘17: The lab now has a website!