Heni Ben Amor
Associate Professor and Principal Investigator
Heni Ben Amor, an assistant professor, was previously a research scientist at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, where he led a project to improve robots for future applications in industrial settings, especially manufacturing. Prior to moving to Georgia Tech, Ben Amor worked with Jan Peters at the Technical University Darmstadt as a postdoctoral scholar. Ben Amor’s research topics focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-robot interaction, robot vision, and automatic motor skill acquisition. He received the highly competitive Daimler-and-Benz Fellowship as well as several best paper awards at major robotics and AI conferences. He also serves on the program committee of various AI and robotics conferences, including AAAI, IJCAI, IROS, and ICRA.
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Fabian Weigend joined the Interactive Robotics Lab as a postdoc in Fall 2022. Fabian’s academic career spans multiple disciplines and countries. He completed his BSc and MSc in computer vision and machine learning in Germany and Singapore. For his PhD studies, he received a full-time scholarship for a collaboration between the Human Performance Sciences group and the Centre for Research in Computing, Mathematics, and Data Sciences in Sydney, Australia. His main research directions were image segmentation, multi-task learning, evolutionary computation, and human performance modeling. He joined the Interactive Robotics Lab to work on predictive biomechanics and human motion prediction from low-fidelity sensor data.
Geoffrey Clark is a PhD student at Arizona State University and part of the Interactive Robotics Lab run by Dr. Heni Ben Amor. After majoring in engineering with a strong focus on robotics, he proceeded to work as a mechatronics engineer for SpringActive where he had the chance to research and design software and hardware for state of the art lower limb prosthetic devices. When he returned to academia his knowledge and experience with prosthetic devices pushed him to explore new AI and machine learning approaches to robotic control in human centered applications.
Shubham Sonawani is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at ASU. He joined the Interactive Robotics Lab in Fall 2018; before that he finished his MS in Electrical Engineering at ASU and Bachelor of Technology at VJTI, India. His research interests include reinforcement learning based manipulation and grasping, motion planning, computer vision and controls. Furthermore, he has worked on multiple research projects, including a joint research project with NASA/JPL on “In-space assembly of objects using arm augmented cubesat.” He is also one of the winners of the KEEN research grant. He wants to use his knowledge and skills to improve the current state of the art approaches in AI and machine learning for robotics.
Xiao Liu is a Computer Science Ph.D student, he joined Interactive Robotics Lab at SCAI ASU in Summer 2020. Before ASU, he got his MS degree at Case Western Reserve University in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Kiju Lee, on the topics of Social Robotics and AI-based cognitive devices. He got his BS degree from SWJTU, China. His research is now focusing on Differentiable Bayesian Filters, Representation Learning, Generalization and Optimization of Depth Perception, and their applications in Human-robot Interaction (HRI). He also works as a Research Engineer for a Phoenix-based start-up company, RadiusAI.
Michael Drolet is a Mathematics Master’s student at Arizona State University. He is a member of the Interactive Robotics Lab, with a research focus on imitation learning and human-robot interaction. Michael has worked in various software development roles in the industry. Additionally, he is working on a bi-manual manipulation project in Mujoco sim, where multiple modalities are controlled using classical and learned controls.
Yifan Zhou is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at ASU. He joined the Interactive Robotics Lab in Fall 2021. Prior to that, Yifan received his MS in artificial intelligence at CMU and BS in Computer Science at SWJTU, China. He has worked on multiple projects both in academia and industry, including topics on robot learning, natural language processing, computer vision and tactile sensing. His research interests include language conditioned robot learning, multimodal machine learning and deep learning. His goal is to enable real robots to understand human instructions and learn complex tasks fast.
Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Co-Director
Cesar Tamayo Claro
Undergraduate Student - FURI
Hannah Rae Kerner
Kevin Sebastian Luck
Who are you?
I am Nikhil, a Master’s student in Computer Engineering (Fall 14).
How did you get interested in (interactive) robotics?
My fascination towards robotics grew as I worked with embedded systems and participating in Lego events.
In which (research) topics, you are interested?
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on developing Bi-manual Learning techniques for a Basketball Playing Robot using Reinforcement learning.
What is your goal for the future?
I would love to work in robotics product development areas.
Ramsundar Kalpagam Ganesan
I have nearly 2 years of industrial experience working at Robert Bosch Engineering in Automotive Embedded Software development. Currently I am working on developing a vision based system, which could simultaneously track and project augmented information on objects. My focus on the project is in developing and optimizing a model based (using edges) object tracker for Human-Robot collaborative environments, utilizing the image feed from a monocular camera.
I started working with Prof Heni Ben Amor a few months back and got introduced into the world of robotics. I am currently working on developing an Interactive environment for humans & robots to work simultaneously and safely. I’m interested in Augmented Reality, 3D Graphics and Algorithms.
In future I’d like to see and work towards creating a world where latest technologies are easily accessible to make human life much more easier.
Visitor from TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Visitor from Osaka University
He has JSPS Research Fellow from April 2017, and received his master’s degree in Information Science and Technology and is currently working in the Department of System Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University since April 2015. His research interests are in biologically inspired and biomimetic robot and locomotion.
Visitor from Technische Universität Darmstadt
Visitor from Osaka University