Sean Andrist is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, advised by Dr. Bilge Mutlu in the Human-Computer Interaction lab and Dr. Michael Gleicher in the Visual Computing lab. His research interests involve designing, building, and evaluating socially interactive technologies.
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I’m a second-year Computer Sciences graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my undergraduate in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. My work in the HCI lab focuses on human robot interaction with robot arms. Currently, I’m developing methods to optimize robot arm motion to convey the robot’s intent. My work has shown that optimizing the robot
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Chien-Ming Huang is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Social Robotics Lab at Yale University. His research spans the fields of robotics and human-computer interaction, focusing on developing assistive robot systems that help people in various contexts to create social, cognitive, and task benefits. His PhD research centered on modeling and
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Dr. Bilge Mutlu

Associate Professor of Robotics

Robotics holds tremendous potential for benefiting every domain of human life. Although this benefit has been limited to very specialized environments such as factories, technology has matured to integrate robotic technologies into the human environment for everyday use. However, this integration cannot be successful without understanding the interaction between robots
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Irene Rae is a Design Researcher at Microsoft in the Data Platforms group, leading their research efforts to improve the design of products such as SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, HDInsight, and DocumentDB. Her dissertation work with Professor Mutlu focused on improving remote communications using robotic telepresence technologies, examining the
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I am a first year PhD student working in both the HCI lab and visual computing lab in robotics and animation.  My work attempts to bridge the gap between humans and robots using a synthesis of animation, machine learning, computer vision, and HCI principles, creating robots that can learn tendencies of a
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Allie Sauppé is an assistant professor in the computer science department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research explores human-robot interaction, including the use of social robots as educational tools and as collaborative partners. As a PhD student in Prof. Mutlu’s lab, she worked on projects that examined how
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Daniel Szafir is an Assistant Professor within the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work explores how we can leverage emerging interactive technologies, including small flying robots, wearable devices,
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