My research addresses the algorithmic aspects of advanced factory automation,
enabling autonomous robots to function safely and comprehensibly alongside
humans in environments structured for people. Doing so will open up many
products still assembled by hand today to automation opportunities. Leveraging
insights from psychology, sociology, and linguistics, robots will interact with
factory workers through natural language and gesture, so that they can be
programmed without special training and can operate as peers with human
workers. Robots must be aware of their environment and responsive to changes
within it. In multi-robot deployments, a distributed planning and control
approach is vital to enable scalability and provable correctness. I use IKEA
furniture in the laboratory to demonstrate techniques in planning, control,
perception and human interaction for automated assembly in the field.
Interested in working with me?
I am recruiting highly talented graduate students and postdocs in robotics. If
you are a prospective PhD student, please apply to the Cornell CS Ph.D.
program. Please familiarize yourself with my research before applying. I
look forward to talking with you after you are admitted.
Please understand that I do not control the PhD admissions process, which is
handled by the admissions committee. E-mailing me your resume and test scores
won't help you get admitted (and I will most likely ignore your message).