Institute for Experiential Robotics

The Institute for Experiential Robotics focuses on the development of robots able to learn and adaptively execute autonomous behaviors from human partners and/or other robots. Experiential robotics identifies and studies use-driven research problems at the intersection of collective human-robot experience, including:

  • Safe and reliable manipulation of tools and objects
  • Machine learning for dexterous manipulation of novel objects
  • Bilateral learning in human-robot interaction
  • Robust inference of human intent
  • Advanced understanding of human movement
  • Secure and resilient autonomous systems
  • Personalized human-robot collaboration
  • Ethics of autonomous robots in support of humans
  • Adaptive robot navigation in human environments
  • Socioeconomic impact of collaborative robots on human work

Experiential robotics addresses these interdisciplinary research questions to advance the capabilities of autonomous robots to perform everyday tasks in collaboration with humans. Widespread adoption of autonomous robots in a broad range of human environments relies on robust robot performance and robots’ ability to adapt to uncertainties inherent in everyday human experience, safety protocols, human comfort, and social factors.

For more information contact:


Taskin Padir
Taskin Padir
Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Roux Institute
Affiliated Faculty,  Global Resilience Institute

Experiential robotics, human-robot teaming at the extremes, embodied artificial intelligence


Hanumant Singh
Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering & Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Jointly Appointed,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Program Director,  Master of Science in Robotics

Machine Learning for Fisheries, SLAM in the presence of Dynamic Moving Objects, Counter UAS methodologies , Manipulation Underwater, and Imaging in Visually Degraded Environments including underwater and in polar regions


John “Peter” Whitney
Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Human-safe robots, medical robotics, soft robotics and soft material manufacturing, MEMS, microrobotics, bio-inspired design, flapping aerodynamics and insect flight

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