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 postdocs and students at all levels in
robotics. Please see the list of available
positions, and familiarize yourself with my research before you contact me.
Please note that prospective students must gain admission to Cornell before I
can work with them. Contacting me from outside will not help you gain