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Aude Billard was a postdoctoral fellow, Jun 1999-Jun 2000. She joined the faculty at EPFL. She retains an Adjunct Faculty position.
Andrew Howard, Research Professor in the Robotic Research Lab from Fall 2002 through Fall 2004, when he took a research position at JPL then joined SpaceX in 2010. He retains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position.
Marcelo Kallmann was a postdoctoral fellow, March 2003-July 2004 and then became a computer scientist at the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). He is currently faculty at University of California, Merced and retains an Adjunct Faculty position.
Juan Fasola, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2007-2014. PhD "Socially Assistive and Service Robotics for Older Adults: Methodologies for Motivating Exercise and Following Spatial Language Instructions in Discourse" defended on 5/8/2014. Juan joined Cruise Automation, Inc. in October of 2014. Juan is the 12th PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Nate Koenig, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2003-2012. PhD "Robot Life-Long Task Learning from Human Demonstrations: A Bayesian Approach" defended on 9/11/2012. Nate joined Open Source Robotics Foundation, founded along with Brian Gerkey, as CTO in May of 2012. Nate is the 11th PhD from the Interaction Lab.
David Feil-Seifer, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2003-2011. PhD "Data-Driven Interaction Methods for Socially Assistive Robotics: Validation With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders" defended on 10/19/2011. David was awarded a NSF Computing Innovation Fellowship in fall 2011 and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Social Robotics Lab at Yale University with Prof. Brian Scassellati. In Fall 2013 he joined the faculty in the Computer Science Department of the University of Nevada-Reno as an Assistant Professor. David is the 10th PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Emily Mower, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2004-2010. PhD "Emotions in Engineering: Methods for Interpreting Ambiguous Emotional Content" defended on 10/14/2010. Emily was a post doc in the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) Spring 2010-Fall 2011. She is starting as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan in January 2012. Emily is the 9th PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Dylan Shell, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2002-2008. PhD "Macroscopic Approaches to Control: Multi-Robot Systems and Beyond" defended on 5/8/2008. Dylan chose to take a post doctoral position in the lab before joining the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University in Fall 2009. Dylan is the 8th PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Jeffrey Singley Norris, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2001-2008. PhD "Perceptually Motivated Symbol Generation" defended on 3/12/2008. Jeff completed his PhD degree while working full time as supervisor of the Planning Software Systems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the seventh PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Evan Martin Drumwright, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2001-2007. PhD "The Task Matrix: a Robot-Independent Framework for Programming Humanoids" defended on 05/08/07. Evan was a Visiting Professor in the Computer Science Department at the The University of Memphis 2007-2010. He became an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University in Fall 2010. He is the sixth PhD from the Interaction Lab.
Christopher Vernon Jones (Chris) , PhD student in the Interaction Lab 2001-2005. PhD '"A Principled Design Methodology for Minimalist Multi-Robot System Controllers" defended on 05/11/05. Chris then joined iRobot as a Robotics Researcher in the Spring of 2005, and was promoted to the position of Research Program Director in the Fall of 2006. Since 2013, he has been the Director of Strategic Technology Development. He is the fifth PhD from the Interaction Lab. His thesis is available here. (Graduation Photos)
Odest Chadwicke Jenkins (Chad), PhD student in the Interaction Lab 1999-2003. PhD "Data-driven Derivation of Skills for Autonomous Humanoid Agents" defended on 09/09/03. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Interaction Lab (Sep 03-Jul 04), and then joined the faculty in the Computer Science Department at Brown University in Fall 2004. In 2006, Chad was awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (pic). He also received the Sloan Fellowship and the ONR Young Investigator Award. He received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor rank in 2010. He is the fourth PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Brian Paul Gerkey, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 1998-2003. PhD "On Multi-Robot Task Allocation" defended on 05/01/03. Brian was a postdoctoal scholar in the Computer Science Dept. at Stanford University 08/03-05/05. From 07/05 through 01/08 he worked as a computer scientist at SRI. Brian then became the director of open source development at Willow Garage in 02/2008. In 2011, he was named in the Technology Review's annual list of 35 innovators under 35. In June of 2012 he founded and became CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation. He was the third PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Monica Nicolescu, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 1998-2003. PhD "A Framework for learning from Demonstration, Generalization and Practice in Human-Robot Domains" defended on 03/31/03. Monica is now an associate professor with tenure of Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (from 07/03). She received the NSF Career Award and the ONR Young Investigator Award. She is the second PhD from the Interaction Lab.
Dani Goldberg, BA with highest honors at Brandeis University in 5/96 (honor's thesis in the Interaction Lab), MS from Brandeis in 05/97, PhD student in the Interaction Lab 1997-2001. PhD "Evaluating the Dynamics of Agent-EnvironmentInteraction" defended on 03/23/01. Dani was a postdoctoral scientist at CMU (Aug/01-Aug 03). He is now Software Engineering Manager at Bluefin Robotics. He is the first PhD from the Interaction Lab. (Graduation Photos)
Vishwa Theja Pokala, a masters student at USC worked with Brian Kohan to develop a virtual URDF representation of the Maki robot.
Iti Bansal worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab during the spring and fall of 2014.
Tiantian Feng worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab from fall 2013 through summer 2014.
Yi Yue worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab during the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
Samuel Shuster worked with Elaine Short to build a Multi-Modal ROS Automatic Annotation Tool (MuMRAAT). (Oct. 2012 - Dec. 2013)
Abinaya Sree worked with Jill Greczek in conducting the computational model of graded cueing study (April 2013) and created the basis of the Maki infrastructure for the Interaction Lab along with Brian Kohan (spring 2014).
Parth Patel worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the interaction lab during the fall of 2013.
Farva Jafri, MPH, volunteer in the interaction lab in 2010-2011
Avinash Parnandi, Masters student in Electrical Engineering, was a part of the Interaction Lab between Jan 2009 & Aug 2010. He worked on the Post-Stroke Rehabilitation project . He is currently a Research Associate at the Texas A&M University and working on the development of robots and sensors for urban search and rescue.
Pierre Johnson, MS student in Computer Science. Worked in the Interaction Lab between May 2008 & May 2010 on Hands-off Robot Therapist for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation as the software project lead. He took some time off to travel the world before taking a full-time position at Honeywell in 2011.
Darren James Earl, MS student in Computer Science. Darren worked in the Interaction Lab from Spring 2008 to Fall 2008. He worked on stereo camera calibration software.
Muhammed Emad-Ud-Din, MS student in Computer Science. Emad worked in the Interaction Lab during Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. He worked on tracking software as part of the HSD project.
Viren Ranan (May '06 - May '07) MS 2007.
Josh Wainer, MS, May 2007. Now a PhD student at University of Hatfield.
Salman Qadri, MS, 2007.
Sanford Freedman, MSC student in Computer Science, MS Dec 2005. Sandy has worked in the Interaction Lab since August 2005. He co-lead the project: "A Hands-Off Physical Therapy Assistance Robot for Cardiac Patients". In Fall 2006 he joined the PhD program at Vanderbilt University. In Fall 2006 he joined the PhD program at Vanderbilt University and received his PhD in 2010. He then joined DigiLab Inc. as a Robotic Systems Software Engineer.
Kyong Il Kang, MSc student in Computer Science in the Interaction Lab Aug 2004-2005.
Ajo Fod (Sep '99 - Dec '02) MS 2002.
Kasper Stoy worked at the USC Robotics Lab from Aug. 1999 through Aug. 2000. He then became an Assistant Professor in the Adaptronics Group at The Maersk Institute for Production Technology at the University of Southern Denmark. He was promoted to an associate professor there.
Aswath Mohan , MS, May 1999. He went to KLA-Tencor in San Jose.
Aruna Sankaranarayanan, MS, May 1997. She then joined Fidelity Investment Co.
Eric Wade was a postdoctoral fellow from February 2007-May 2013. During his time in the lab, he was supported by an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled "Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials." He then joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as an assistant professor.
Adriana Tapus, was a WiSE Research Fellow in the Interaction Lab from 11/04 to 12/05 and continued as a postdoc until 5/09. She is now assistant professor of computer science at ENSTA (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avances) in Paris, France. Adriana received the Romanian Academy of Science award in 2010, photo.
Ian Kelly, postdoc in the Robotics Lab and Interaction Lab from Dec 2002 to Nov 2004.
Marcelo Kallmann was a postdoctoral fellow, March 2003-July 2004 and then became a computer scientist at the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). He is currently faculty at University of California, Merced.
Torbjorn Dahl, postdoc in the Robotics Lab and Interaction Lab from June 1, 2001 to Feb 2003. He next became a research scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). He then became the head of Intelligent Systems Research, School of Computing and Engineering, University of Wales, Newport, UK. In 2012, he joined the School of Computing and Mathematics at Plymouth University.
Andrew Howard, post doctoral fellow in the Interaction Lab from Fall 2000 to Fall 2002, when he was promoted to a research assistant professor in the USC Computer Science Department. He left USC for JPL but remained an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He subsequently joined SpaceX.
Richard Vaughan was a postdoc/research associate at the USC Robotics Lab for three years (Fall 1999 to Fall 2001). He joined the research team at HRL. Then he moved to Canada to join the faculty in the Computer Science Department at Simon Fraser University where he is now associate professor with tenure.
Aude Billard, postdoctoral fellow, Jun 1999-Jun 2000. She joined the faculty at EPFL.
Francois Michaud, postdoctoral fellow, May 1996-May 1997. He joined the faculty in the Electrical Engineering Dept., University of Sherbrooke, Canada, and is now a tenured full professor. His robotics lab is called LABORIUS. He is Director of the Centre of Excellence on Information Engineering, funded by the Ministère du développement économique, innovation et exportation du Québec, Economic Development Canada, and the Université de Sherbrooke.
Salvatore Iengo, a PhD student from the University of Naples Federico II spent 7 months in the Interaction Lab working with Ross Mead on the recognition of deictic gestures in human-robot interaction.
Esben Ostergaard: After USC he was an assistant professor at the University of Southern Denamark.
Supported through NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), CRA-W DREU, USC URAP and Merit Research, USC SURE, and other sources
Zachary Metcalf, a URAP awardee in Summer 2014, worked with Aaron St. Clair on speech recognition and production in human-robot task collaborations from summer 2013-summer 2014.
Tiffany Youn, an undergraduate student at USC worked with Brian Kohan supporting the hardware of the Maki robot. Tiffany developed and 3D printed components for the platform.
Julie Ko, an undergraduate student at USC worked with Brian Kohan supporting the control software for the Maki robot. Julie developed a utility for animating the LED matrix that comprises the robot's mouth.
Renuka Fernandes was an REU student working with Elaine Short on a software control system for a tabletop social robot.
Holly Mitchell was an REU student who worked with Aaron St. Clair on an augmented reality human-robot task collaboration simulator from (Summer 2013-Spring 2014).
Christine Nagy was an REU student working with Elaine Short on developing an android application for an affective robot face. (Fall 2013)
Callie Clement was a CRA-W DREU student working with Elaine Short on developing behaviors for the PR2 robot. (Summer 2013)
Asia Krupa was an REU student who worked with Elaine Short to develop a nutrition intervention with the DragonBot robot. (Nov. 2012 - Sept. 2013)
Sarah Seko, from Olin College, was a SURE student in the Interaction Lab in the summer of 2013. She worked with Jill Greczek on extending the computational model of graded cueing to include more complex tasks and an ontological knowledge representation.
Kate Glazko, an undergraduate student at USC, recieved URAP funding in the summer of 2013. She worked with Jill Greczek on data analysis for the project A Computational Model of Graded Cueing: Robots Encouraging Behavior Change.
Alicia Bargar, from Washington and Lee University, was an CRA-W DREU stuent in the Interaction Lab during the summer of 2012. She worked with Jill Greczek in developing a ROS infrastructure for the Nao robot. She is now a PhD student at Georgia Tech.
Tarik Tosun, from Princeton University, was an NSF REU site awardee for Summer 2011. He worked alongside Ross Mead to develop a general kinematic retargeting system to translate robot motions between embodiments.
Gregory Koch, from Austin College, spent Summer 2011 in the Interaction Lab where he worked on an Integrated Speech-to-Text Parser for a Humanoid Robot under the guidance and mentorship of Juan Fasola.
John O'Hollaren was a USC URAP Awardee and NSF REU award working on multi-agent systems with Ross Mead and Dylan Shell.
Hieu Minh Nguyen spent Spring 2010-Fall 2010 in the lab and was an NSF REU awardee for Summer 2010. He co-developed a software architecture for deictic gesture validation and conducted corresponding experiments with participants with Aaron St. Clair.
Jonathan Dye was an NSF REU undergraduate stuedent in the Interaction Lab during the 2010-2011 academic year, where he worked on video annotation from the NSF stroke project, and analyzed robot and user activities to gain insight into quantifying interaction. He worke on the project with Eric Wade.
Michael Montalbo was an NSF REU undergraduate student in the Interaction Lab during the 2009-2010 academic year, where he worked on camera calibration and AR tracking with Aaron St. Clair.
John O'Hollaren, spent Spring 2009-Spring 2010 in the Interaction Lab, where he worked on improving communication among robot teams in urban and obstacle-ridden environments, and also laser-based people tracking.
Joseph Zhou was an NSF REU undergraduate student during the summer of 2008. As an REU student, he worked on various software applications to aid with the design of the inertia-based motion capture architecture.
Minal Cordeiro, NSF REU student. Graduated May 2008. During his time in the lab he worked on laser-based tracking and calibration. He collected data and built a model of pioneer odometry error as a function of control velocity.
Shirin Nikaein was an NSF REU undergraduate over Summer 2007, in which she worked on deploying lasers in the California Science Center, as part of the HSD project.
Franklin Haynie was an NSF REU undergraduate over Summer 2007, in which he worked on deploying lasers in the California Science Center, as part of the HSD project.
Danko Krajisnik was an NSF REU undergraduate over Summer 2006, in which he worked on overhead people tracking, as part of the HSD project.
Edgar Valdez worked with Aaron St. Clair on a 3D printed gripper and elevator for picking up objects from the floor, with application in human-robot task collaborations with older adults. (May 2014-Sep 2014)
Han Xiao worked with Juan Fasola on Spatial Language Human-Robot Interaction Framework Integration with ROS/Gazebo and Transfer to Physical Robot Platforms (May 2013-May 2014). He then joined the MS program in robotics at Johns Hopkins University.
Yixin Cai worked with Juan Fasola on Spatial Language Human-Robot Interaction Framework Integration with ROS/Gazebo and Transfer to Physical Robot Platforms. (May 2013-May 2014)
Andres Engels was a USC Merit Research Scholar who worked with Elaine Short on developing a new internal structure for the DragonBot robot. (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
Jack Lucas was a USC Merit Research Scholar who worked with Aaron St. Clair on multi-kinect people tracking during Spring 2013.
Ford Filer was a USC Merit Research Scholar and worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab during Fall 2012.
Shirley Chung worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab during the 2012 - 2013 academic year and the Fall of 2013.
Janet Kim worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong in the Interaction Lab during Spring 2013.
Levonne Key worked with Aaron St. Clair in the Interaction Lab on an augmented reality multi-player task simulation during Spring 2013.
Emerick Varga worked with Elaine Short in the Interaction Lab as an REU student.
Janet Cheung worked with Aaron St. Clair in the Interaction Lab in Summer/Fall 2012.
Sanket Chauhan worked with Aaron St. Clair in the Interaction Lab during Spring 2013.
Matias Altman as part of the Viterbi SURE program
Shruti Tripathi as part of the Viterbi-India SURE program
Kim Chu was a USC Merit Research Scholar and worked with Aaron St. Clair on an augmented reality human-robot task simulation.
Mary Grace Ermitanio worked on coverbal behavior generation the Interaction Lab.
Cauchy Choi, a USC URAP awardee, worked on group-level obstacle avoidance for large collections of robots.
Brandon Angelo (Provost's Research Fellow) worked in the lab as an undergraduate student. He then worked as a summer intern at Apple Computer.
Ryan Berti worked in the lab as an undergraduate student.
Sean Bachelder worked in the lab as an undergraduate student from Summer 2007-Spring 2008 as a Merit Research Student. His project was "Applications and Drivers for Humanoid Robot Control." He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science, May 2008.Urmila Mahadev (WISE Research Fellow: Fall 2007, Spring 2008), worked on activity modeling from automatically-generated logs of robot and human behavior.
Andrew Fisher, VSoE Summer Merit Research Fellow, worked with pioneer II's and updated the player driver for Vector Field Histogram in order to adjust for sonar placement.
Lynn Jane Ho (Merit Research Scholar)
Kristine Skinner, BS, May 2007. She participated in the lab as part of the Merit Research Program. She was a co-author for the paper, Benchmarks for evaluating socially assistive robotics.
Donovan Schafer, VSoE Summer Merit Research Fellow, participate in the robot tour guide project in summer 2006.
Shivani Srivastava worked in the lab as an undergraduate student.
Jeremy Stell-Smith, BS, May 1999. He then went to IBM in Silicon Valley, planning to go to grad school while working.
Virginia Chino (EHA working w/ Kate Swift-Spong)
Edward Leon (EHA working w/ Ross Mead)
Ashim Nabith (EHA working w/ Ross Mead)
Anthony Sanchez (EHA working w/ Aaron St. Clair)
Rogelio Quintana (w/ Elaine Short)
Matthew Silvestre (w/ Jill Greczek and Amin Atrash)
Aldo Martinez (w/ Ross Mead)
Josefina Duran (w/ Elaine Short)
Kaylee Guzman (w/ Ross Mead)
Christopher Hernandez (w/ Amin Atrash)
Daniela Raygoza (w/ Aaron St. Clair)
Nia Sanchez worked with Katelyn Swift-Spong on developing behaviors for the Nao robot from summer 2013 through summer 2014.
Walter Schaertl worked with Elaine Short on improving the firmware for a tabletop robot.
Clara Collier worked with Elaine Short on developing an interaction between the DragonBot robot and children with ASD. (Summer 2013)
Caroline Spiegel worked with Jill Greczek on perceived empathetic ability of the humanoid robot Nao during the summer of 2013. She returned in the summer of 2014 to implement emotional expressions on the Nao robot used in Nao-specific components for CoRDial system.
Aravindh Mahendran, from the Institute of Technology Hyderabad, spent Summer 2011 in the Interaction Lab as part of the Viterbi India program.
Alex Neiss visited the Interaction Lab May 2009 - Sep. 2009 from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Stefan Weber, Fullbright visiting scholar Jan 1999-Jan 2000. He then joined and finished the PhD program at the University of Berlin.