• Research

    Human-Robot Interaction
    Machine Learning
    Control Theory

    My research develops learning and control algorithms for robots that collaborate with people.
    My goal is to create intelligent robots that understand — and are understood by — their human partners. These robots personalize their behavior: continually adapting to what the human wants and proactively helping them to achieve their goals. Overall, my research group explores the intersection of human-robot interaction, machine learning, control theory, and cognitive science, with applications in personal, interactive, and assistive robots.

  • Awards and Honors

    2020 – Best Student Paper Finalist, Robotics: Science and Systems
    2020 – Best Paper Finalist, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
    2019 – Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, Rice University
    2017 – Best Paper Award,  IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
    2014 – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2020 – Present, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
    2019 – 2020, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
    2017, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
    2014 – 2018, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Rice University


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2018
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2016
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2014

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635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Laboratory — Collab

Dylan Losey

Assistant Professor