Students can work in on-campus labs or pursue internships with faculty support. Our students have interned in companies including Analog Devices, Google and NASA/Ames.

1Research Labs

The Robotics Lab

Head Professor: Holly Yanco

Research focuses on human-robot interaction, ranging from visual displays to evaluation methods to a new HRI architecture for robots. Application domains include assistive technology, urban search and rescue, explosive ordinance disposal, and hazardous materials response.

Engaging Computing Group

Head Professor: Fred Martin

Focused on developing technologies and approaches to help a variety of learners—kids, teachers, undergrads, and others—to interact with science, engineering, computing, and the arts.

PeARL: Persistent Autonomy and Robot Learning Lab

Head Professor: Reza Ahmadzadeh

Research focuses on developing machine learning algorithms and their application to robot autonomy and physical Human-Robot Interaction. Our group's research interests include learning from demonstration, learning reactive behaviors, and reinforcement learning.

2IGVC Robotics Competition

The IGVC Robotics Competition is co-sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and features self-controlled, or "autonomous," student-built robots. It is a four-day event, starting on a Friday, with three days of field-testing and final robot development, and culminating on Monday with day-long competition heats.