Claire Liang

Claire Liang

email: first initial + last name (at) cs (dot) cornell (dot) edu

twitter: @ClaireYLiang

office(s): Upson 568 or Gates 344

About Me:

I am a third year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. I like robots. My advisor is Professor Ross Knepper and I am part of the Robotic Personal Assistants Lab.

I believe that robotics and computer science should be accessible to anyone and everyone.


I am interested in the long term goal of low-cost, robust robots for real-world deployment. However, in the short term, I'm interested in planning with minimal information.

I also work on the use of implicit communication in human-AI cooperative team tasks.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers:

Claire Liang, Julia Proft, Erik Andersen, and Ross A. Knepper. "Implicit communication of actionable information in human-AI teams". In: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Honorable Mention. Glasgow, United Kingdom, May 2019.

Ross A. Knepper, Christoforos I. Mavrogiannis, Julia Proft, and Claire Liang. "Implicit communication in a joint action". In: Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Best Paper Finalist. Vienna, Austria, March 2017.

Workshop Papers:

Claire Liang and Ross Knepper. "Minimalist motion planning using global topological guarantees". In: Workshop on Topological Methods in Robot Planning. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Montréal, Canada, May 2019.

Claire Liang, Julia Proft, and Ross A. Knepper. "Implicature-based inference for socially-fluent robotic teammates". In: Workshop on Mathematical Models, Algorithms, and Human-Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the Robotics Science and Systems Conference (RSS). Cambridge, USA, July 2017.


CS 4750 | Foundations of Robotics [Fall 2018] | Teaching Assistant | (Cornell Computer Science Department Teaching Assistant Award)

CS 4750 | Foundations of Robotics [Fall 2017] | Teaching Assistant

CS 4820 | Analysis of Algorithms [Spring 2017] | Teaching Assistant

CS 4786 | Machine Learning for Data Science [Fall 2016] | Teaching Assistant

Other Things I Do:

Currently President of the Cornell Robotics Graduate Student Organization (AKA Gradbots)

Your resident (non-dairy partaking) milk czar for the Cornell CS Department

A Workshop leader for the EYH 2019 Workshop: "How Do Robots Think: Finding Your Way Through Programming"

A mentor for CUEmpower