I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, where I am part of the Advanced Agent-Robotics Technology Lab led by Prof. Katia Sycara. As part of the lab, I mainly work on Human-Agent Teaming and Machine Learning, investigating how humans and robots can efficiently collaborate in complex scenarios by analyzing the underlying concepts of trust and coordination. Before this, I received a B.Sc and M.Sc. in Engineering and Computing from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University. During my Ph.D., I worked in the Interactive Robotics Lab led by Dr. Heni Ben Amor.
Throughout my academic career, I have worked on bridging the gap between cognition and robotics by using modern approaches to artificial intelligence. More specifically, I have implemented natural language processing methodologies to enhance imitation learning, which received the best poster award at the Southwest Robotics Symposium 2019, award by NVIDIA, as well as a spotlight presentation at NeurIPS 2020. Recently, I am expanding on this work by incorporating Theory of Mind, modeling a user's mental state for better collaboration. Further, I am also interested in creating trust and competence in the system by investigating human Theory of Machines, capturing how users perceive the robot they interact with.
2017 - 2021Arizona State University, USA
Ph.D. Computer Science
Thesis: Multimodal Robot Learning for Grasping and Manipulation
2015 - 2016Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany
M.Sc. Engineering & Computing
Thesis: A data-driven approach for triadic interactions in human-robot interaction
2011 - 2015Technische Universität Freiberg, Germany
B.Sc. Engineering & Computing
Thesis: Upper body tracking for avatar visualization in HMD-based virtual reality
January 2022 - PresentCarnegie Mellon University
I am working in the Advanced Agent-Robotics Technology Lab with Prof. Katia Sycara on efficient Human-Agent Teaming.
Summer 2021X, The Moonshot Factory
Resident @ X
As a resident at X, the moonshot factory, I worked on industrial manipulation tasks for Intrinsic, a robotics software and AI project at X.
2017 - 2021Arizona State University
Graduate Service Assistant
During my Ph.D., I worked as a teaching and research assistant on various occasions in the Interactive Robotics Lab led by Dr. Heni Ben Amor.
Best Poster Award
Awarded by NVIDIA at the Southwest Robotics Symposium 2019 for my work on “Neural Policy Translation for Robot Control”
CIDSE PhD Fellowship
Awarded 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 for excellent research progress and strong academic work by the “School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering”
Best Video Award
Awarded at the International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids) 2016 for my work on “Learning human-robot interactions from human-human demonstrations”