Assistant Professor


Computer Science Department,

Robotics Engineering Program,

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

I am the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL) lab. 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 interaction with users, and that are able to understand their own limitations and ask for help from humans when necessary. I am particularly interested in active learning and the development of algorithms that enable learning agents to regulate their autonomy.

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.