Siddhartha Srinivasa

Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa founded the Personal Robotics Lab with the goal of enabling robots to perform complex manipulation tasks under uncertainty and clutter, with and around people. Sidd is also passionate about building end-to-end systems (HERB, ADA, HRP3, CHIMP, Andy, among others) that integrate perception, planning, and control in the real world. Understanding the interplay between system components has helped produce state of the art algorithms for object recognition and pose estimation (MOPED), and dense 3D modeling (CHISEL, now used by Google Project Tango).

Oren Salzman

Oren Salzman completed his PhD in the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Prof. Dan Halperin. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University working with Siddhartha Srinivasa and Maxim Likhachev. His research focus is robot motion planning. Specifically, his research focuses on revisiting classical computer science algorithms, tools and paradigms to address the computational challenges that arise when planning motions for real-world robots. Combining techniques from diverse domains such as computational geometry, surface simplification, random geometric graphs, graph theory and machine learning, he strives to provide efficient algorithms with rigorous analysis for robot systems with many degrees of freedom moving in tight quarters. He earned his BSc with honors from the Technion and his MSc with honors from Tel Aviv University.

Daqing Yi

Daqing Yi completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at Brigham Young University, under the supervision of Prof. Michael Goodrich. His research interests include motion planning, human-robot interaction and intelligent systems. He earned his BS and MS from Tongji University in China.

Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee

Tapomayukh "Tapo" Bhattacharjee completed his PhD in Robotics from Georgia Tech under the supervision of Prof. Charlie Kemp. His primary research interests are in the fields of haptic perception, machine learning, manipulation and human-robot interaction. He believes in the potential of using multimodal haptic signals to enhance robot manipulation capabilities in unstructured environments as well as around humans. He aims to achieve this by inferring relevant properties of the world using physics-based and data-driven methods.

Laura Herlant

Laura Herlant is a PhD candidate in the Robotics Institute working with Siddhartha Srinivasa.

Stefanos Nikolaidis

Stefanos Nikolaidis is a PhD student at the Robotics Institute working with Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research focuses on algorithms enabling robots to fluidly interact with their human teammates in real-world collaborative tasks. Stefanos has a MS from MIT, a MEng from the University of Tokyo and a BS from the National Technical University of Athens. He has worked as a research specialist at MIT and as a researcher at Square-Enix video-game company in Tokyo.

Gilwoo Lee

Gilwoo Lee is a PhD student at UW advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. Her research interests are manipulation and reinforcement learning. Gilwoo has received B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and M.Eng. in Computer Science from MIT, and has received M.S. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. Gilwoo has previously worked as a technical director at Dreamworks Animation Studios, a research associate at Canon Headquarters and Disney Animation Studios, and a PhD research intern at Oculus Research Pittsburgh. She's a recepient of Samsung Scholarship (2006-2010), Kwanjeong Scholarship (2015-current), and CMU's Presidential Fellowship (2017).

Brian Hou

Brian Hou is a PhD student at the University of Washington working with Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and manipulation. Brian received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Berkeley, and started his PhD at the Robotics Institute before joining the University of Washington. He is supported by the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Aditya Mandalika

Aditya is a PhD student advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. His current research interests include mechanics, control and motion planning of robot manipulators and mobile robots. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. He has previously been at the Robotics Insitute, CMU as an MS student, and worked as a Research Assistant at the Personal Robotics Lab, CMU.

Jeongseok Lee

Jeongseok "JS" Lee is a PhD student in the Computer Science & Engineering advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research interests are multibody dynamics and motion planning. He graduated from Seoul National University with B.S. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. He has previously worked as a visiting scientist at UW, a senior systems/software engineer at CMU, and a research scientist at Georgia Tech.

Sherdil Niyaz

Sherdil Niyaz received a B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2017, where he researched grasping in the AUTOLAB with Prof. Ken Goldberg. He is currently a first year Computer Science Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, working with Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa on motion planning.

Rosario Scalise

Rosario Scalise is a research scientist in the Personal Robotics Lab. His research focuses on natural language interaction in collaborative human-robot systems and enabling transparency in AI decision-making. He also does system integration for the robots and makes messes for HERB to clean up. He previously obtained B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Hanjun Song

Hanjun Song is research staff at Personal Robotics Lab. His research focuses on manipulation, haptic/tactile sensing, and machine learning. Also, he is working on system integration for the robots in the lab. Hanjun graduated from KAIST with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Youngsun Kim

Youngsun Kim is a research scientist at the Personal Robotics Lab working with Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research interests are computer vision and perception for robotics.

Alumni
Students
Shervin Javdani
(PhD 2017, now at a startup in the Pittsburgh area)
Shushman Choudhury
(MS 2017, now at Stanford)
Shen Li
(MS 2017, now at MIT)
Jennifer King
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the Pittsburgh area)
Michael Koval
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the Pittsburgh area)
Chris Dellin
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the San Francisco area)
Matt Klingensmith
(PhD 2016, now at Boston Dynamics)
Aaron Walsman
(MS 2015, now at UW)
Anca Dragan
(PhD 2015, now at Berkeley)
Elizabeth Cha
(MS 2014, now at USC)
Mehmet Dogar
(PhD 2013, now at University of Leeds)
Kyle Strabala
(MS 2012, now at NREC, CMU)
Alvaro Collet
(PhD 2012, now at Facebook)
Dmitry Berenson
(PhD 2011, now at Michigan)
Rosen Diankov
(PhD 2010, now at Mujin)
Garratt Gallagher
(MS 2009, now at Bilibot)
Martin Herrmann
(MS 2009, now at TU Braunschweig)
Graduate Interns
Stefania Pellegrinelli (ITIA-CNR)
Gabriel Quéré (ENSTA ParisTech)
Marco Cognetti (University of Rome)
Joshua Haustein (Universität Karlsruhe)
Henny Admoni (Yale)
Georg Bartels (TU Bremen)
Katie Correll
Michael Koval
Steven Gray (Penn)
Vincenzo Micelli (University of Parma)
Tim Niemueller (RWTH Aachen)
Peter Kaiser (Universität Karlsruhe)
Maya Cakmak (Georgia Tech)
Alex Sorokin (UIUC)
Lillian Chang
Ross Knepper
Laura Lindzey
Manuel Martinez
Julius Ziegler (Universität Karlsruhe)
Nico Blodow (TU Munich)
Geoffrey Hollinger
Kevin Peterson
Nathan Ratliff
Martin Rufli (ETH, Zürich)
Rosen Diankov
Michael Ashley-Rollman
Stuart Anderson
Michael DeRosa
Ashish Deshpande (U. Mich)
Jiaxin Fu
Preethi Bhatt
Undergraduate Interns
Vinitha Ranganeni
Kevin Zhang
Pengju Jin
Minae Kwon
Anton Kuznetsov
Matt Harding
Arpit Saxena (IIT Kharagpur)
Joey Fernau
Angela Wang
Peter McHale
Vikram Sunder
Don Zheng
Neil Jassal
Myles Blodnick
Scott Martin
Yuyang Guo
Rachel Holladay
Andrey Kurenkov (Georgia Tech)
Abhijeet Tallavajhula (IIT)
Bo Xiong (Connecticut)
Corina Guaru (Jacobs)
Debidatta Dwebi (IIT)
Kenton Lee (Penn)
Dominic Zirbel
Tom Mullins
Nick Stanley
Alex Zirbel
Tudor Achim
Andrew Yeager
Ian-Clanton Thuon
Daniel Dewey