I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Rice University.

My vision is to enable beneficial interaction between humans and AI-enabled systems (e.g., robots, virtual agents, and decision-support aids).

Towards this vision, I lead a research group at Rice CS in the area of Human-Centered AI (broadly defined to include human-robot interaction, interactive machine learning, and human-AI collaboration). Ongoing research in the group includes development of foundational algorithms and interactive systems to model human behavior, train human-AI teams, and improve transparency of AI-enabled systems.

My research is informed by the opportunities and challenges of introducing AI-enabled systems in the real world. In collaboration with industry partners, I co-designed and deployed the first mobile robot capable of working alongside humans on the conveyor belts of automotive factories. During my academic training, I have worked on a nano-satellite and autonomous aerial vehicles. In my ongoing research, I am actively exploring opportunities of robotics and human-AI collaboration in healthcare and disaster response.

Selected Publications

  • Decision-Making for Bidirectional Communication in Sequential Human-Robot Collaborative Tasks, in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2020. link
  • Learning Models of Sequential Decision-Making with Partial Specification of Agent Behavior, in AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2019. link
  • Human-Aware Robotic Assistant for Collaborative Assembly, in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2018. link

For a complete list of my publications, please visit my Google Scholar profile.