I am an Assistant Professor in Yale’s Computer Science Department, where I lead the Yale Interactive Machines Group (IMG). My main area of research is Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). An updated list of my publications can be found here and in Google Scholar.

Before Yale, I was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab working on the JackRabbot project. I closely collaborated with Disney Research while I was a Ph.D. student in the Robotics Institute (RI) at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked on assisted photography while pursuing my M.S. degree at the RI as well. Even before then, I built and learned how to fly a remote controlled helicopter! This allowed me to work on video stabilization for my bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar.


I study fundamental problems in HRI and Artificial Social Intelligence, often motivated by challenges or opportunities that arise in group human-robot interactions. For instance, my work investigates social group phenomena in HRI, including spatial patterns of behavior typical of group conversations and group social influence. Further, I work on advancing autonomous, social robot behavior, both in terms of perception and decision making. An example is our work on learning social navigation policies, which has led us to create interactive online surveys to scale data collection in HRI. A key idea that has driven our recent work in group HRI is abstracting interactions as graphs. This allows robots to reason about individual, relationship and group factors in unison (e.g., see our work on group detection and pose generation). I also enjoy building robotic systems to demonstrate ideas in practice (Chester, Shutter). More details about my research can be found in my lab’s website.

My work has been recognized by different awards, such as a 2024 AFOSR YIP Award, a 2022 NSF CAREER Award, a Google Research Scholar Award, and two Amazon Research Awards. My publications – coauthored with my students and collaborators – have also received recognition, including Best Paper Awards (HRI’23, RO-MAN’22) and other paper nominations (e.g., HRI’21, IROS’18, and RO-MAN’16).

If you are interested in joining my lab, please read this note about open positions at Yale IMG before contacting me.


Below are a few recent news from my research group and events that I have participated in:
NERC 2023 @ Yale
Cambridge, ICRA and AAMAS in the UK
New Google Research Scholar Award!
Best Paper Award Nominee at AAAI 2023 Symposium
Paper about Transparent Matrix Overlays wins Best Technical Paper at HRI'23!
New papers and demonstrations at HRI'23 in Sweden
GaTech GVU Brown Bag Seminar
HAI'22 and CORL'22 in New Zealand
New NeurIPS'22 paper on facilitating the training of neural network binary classifiers
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