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Kayla's paper about Ommie wins Best Student Paper Award at RO-MAN'22!

Kayla Matheus, third year Yale PhD student, received the Best Student Paper award at the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2022). Her paper presents Ommie, a novel robot that supports deep breathing practices for the purposes of anxiety reduction. This work is a collaboration between the Yale Social Robotics Lab and IMG.

New RO-MAN'22, IEEE RA-L and HAI'22 papers

Three new papers will be presented by students in the upcoming months! First, Kayla Matheus will be presenting Ommie at RO-MAN'22 this August. Ommie is a new robot to help people practice deep breathing exercises. This work is a collaboration between the Social Robotics Lab at Yale and IMG. Second, Nathan Tsoi will be presenting SEAN 2.0 at IROS'22 in October (with the paper being officially published in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters journal). This paper is a collaboration between IMG and the Intelligent Visual Interfaces Lab at Rutgers. Third, Kate Candon will be presenting a paper about human perceptions of the helpfulness of unexpected agent assistance at HAI'22. Congrats to all the authors!

KTH-RPL Summer School in Sweden

I presented our recent work in multi-party HRI at the 2022 Summer School organized by the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Thanks to the organizing committee for putting together such a fun and enlightening event!

ICRA Workshop on Social Robot Navigation: Advances and Evaluation

It was great to see the community come together both in-person and virtually for our Social Robot Navigation workshop! Thanks to everybody who contributed to making this event happen, including the event co-organizers (Abhijat Biswas, Nathan Tsoi, Allan Wang & Aaron Steinfeld) and undergrad collaborators (Gustavo Silvera, Peter Yu, Xiao (Ivy) He and Liyao Fu).

Bethany's Girls Exploring Math and Science Program

Thanks to the Bethany Community School for inviting me to present our research to female students in grades four through six.

NSF NRI-FRR PI Meeting

It's exciting to see the meeting finally take place after many months of planning and coordination efforts in collaboration with K. Bekris (Rutgers), E. Plaku (NSF), J. Wachs (NSF), F. King (Vanderbilt), and J. Gigax (Vanderbilt). Thanks to all other faculty, industry officials, and federal officials who are also contributing in many ways to the meeting.

2022 NSF FRR CAREER Award!

Thanks to NSF, we will keep working towards advancing group HRI, engaging the public with robotics and building a more diverse CS workforce.

New HRI 2022 paper

Sarah Gillet will be presenting a collaborative project between IMG and KTH at HRI'22. The goal of the project is learning robot gaze policies for balancing participation in human groups.

Social Navigation Symposium by Google+Stanford

Nathan Tsoi and I represented IMG at the symposium.

Talk at Meta Research

I presented our recent work in group HRI at the Meta Embodied AI Seminar.

AI Ethics on the Global Stage

Sasha Brown (DeepMind / Yale World Fellows Program), Wendell Wallach (Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics) and I participated in the first event of the Yale Kimball Smith Series.

Talking Robotics

I presented our research in Group Human-Robot Interaction at the Talking Robotics series.

New IMG work at CVPR 2021

This week, Kevin Chen will be presenting our latest work in vision-and-language navigation at CVPR and I gave a keynote presentation at the 2nd JRDB Workshop.

New 2020 Amazon Research Award!

Our work on human-driven simulations receives support from Amazon.

Our work is nominated for a Best Paper Award at HRI 2021!

Our paper about deploying robots during a pandemic was nominated for a Best Paper Award at HRI 2021, the top conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say 'Cheese,' Human

An article about IMG's robot photographer recently appeared in Yale News and was highlighted by the ACM TechNews.

INFORMS en Español

I participated in the INFORMS speaker series, which aims to connect the hispanic community with researchers in the United States.

Our Social Environment for Autonomous Navigation (SEAN) is recognized at HAI 2020

SEAN received the 1st Runner Up - Best Poster Award prize at the conference. Congratulations to all the authors!

New WSJ article describes Yale IMG research

The article describes a recent project about prosocial human behavior in Human-Robot Interaction.

Science Robotics Focus Article

A new article by IMG and the Yale Social Robotics Lab discusses the potential of socially assistive robots during disease outbreaks.