About

Currently Funded through NSF Expeditions Grant for Socially Assistive Robotics

I am currently a second year PhD student in Maja Matarić's Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California having previously worked in Chad Jenkins's Laboratory for Progress as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. I am working on using hands free augmented reality (e.g. Microsoft Hololens) to further the expressive capabilities of and experiences with a robot tutor. I am currently looking into using AR to expand the action space of a curios robot tutor in order to increase student kinesthetic curiosity. I also enjoy many physical acitivites such as yoga, hiking, and volleyball.

Current Projects

Descriptions left brief for current projects. See contact at bottom of page if interested in getting involved.

Curiosity Driven Kinesthetic Shared World Robot Tutors

Robot Tutors for Students with ASD

Telepresence In School Deployments

Previous Work

Augmented Reality Robot Extensions and Gestures

to increase robot social expressivity.

Created augmented reality arms for more social expression of a robot. Paper accepted to RO-MAN 2019. A video of the gestures can be found here.

Personalized Telepresence Robots

to increase embodiment

Had users personalize telepresence robots in order to observe differences in user interaction based upon user pair relationships.

Dyanamic Planning and Navigation

for navigating to affordance templates

Worked at TRACLabs implementing a smoothed A-star planner with a dynamic window low level controller able to replan with dynamic objects. This included reviving the TRACBot reconfigurable modular mobile manipulator.

Geometrically Informed Iterative Closest Point (ICP)

With point filtering

Looked into different point filtering and sampling methods for a geometrically informed ICP. This also included creating a web based ICP visualization.

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)

focusing on post processing visualization

Reimplemented a SLAM post processing method proposed by Edwin Olson in Fast Iterative Alignment of Pose Graphs with Poor Initial Estimates. Tested with the Fetch mobile manipulator.

Mentoring, Outreach, and Future Plans

Reach Out If you want to Get Involved!

I currently oversee 6 undergraduate students in Roxanna Pakkar, Zhonghao Shi, Chloe Kuo, Julia Cordero, Roddur Dasgupta, and Jenny Lee who can also be found on the Interaction People Page. I also oversee a USC capstone team who is redoing our lab website. The 4 memebers are Zhonghao Shi, Jiho Kim, Sally Zuo and Lynch Zou. Previously I have overseen Ryan Stevenson and Adnan Karim. I also have mentored high school students, İpek Göktan and Mena Hassan, as a part of the USC SHINE program.

Post graduation I plan to pursue a professor position stemming from my interests in research, teaching, and mentoring. Outside of lab, I used to help out at Clifford Street Elementary School with their new 5th grade VEX robotics team. Currently I am part of a TEALS volunteer team at LACES Highschool teaching AP Computer Science for the 2019-2020 school year. I created and currently maintain the US Women in Academic Robotics Research website. If you would like to help out, feel free to contact me, my advisor Maja Matarić, or directly submit requests to add people via the website.

Education

School Degree Started Completed
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Computer Science B.S.E. 2014 2018
University of Southern California - Los Angeles Computer Science PhD 2018 Present

If you are interested in getting involved with the Interaction Lab, please read our current research before contacting.