I am the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL) lab in the Robotics Engineering Program at WPI. My research interests span interactive robot learning, human-robot interaction, and human computation, with a central focus on building systems that are able to learn from human instruction. I am particularly interested in active learning and the development of algorithms that enable learning agents to regulate their autonomy. I am also interested in exploring crowdsourcing, both as a means of data collection and to enable rapid prototyping of interactive robotic systems.

I received my Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 working with Manuela Veloso. Before joining WPI, I spent one year working with Cynthia Breazeal as a postdoc at the MIT Media Lab.


Recent Projects

  • RAPID: Responding to the Ebola Challenge with Medical CPS (NSF)
  • Multi-Representational Learning from Demonstration through Sequential User Study Development (ONR YIP)
  • NRI: Learning from Demonstration for Cloud Robotics (NSF)
  • Collaborative Robot Learning from Demonstration Using Hierarchical Task Networks (ONR)
  • CAREER: Towards Robots that Learn from Everyday People (NSF)
  • DRC-Hubo, DARPA Robotics Challenge
  • Cloud Primer: Leveraging Common Sense Computing to Learn Parent-Child Interaction Models for Early Childhood Literacy (NSF)