Carnegie Mellon University Personal Robotics Lab

People of the Personal Robotics Lab

Siddhartha Srinivasa

Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa is an Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He founded the Personal Robotics Lab, leads the Mobility and Manipulation Thrust at the Quality of Life NSF ERC, and co-directs the Manipulation Lab at CMU. Dr. Srinivasa's research focus is on developing perception, planning, and learning algorithms that enable robots to accomplish useful manipulation tasks in dynamic and cluttered indoor environments.

Mike Vande Weghe

Mike Vande Weghe has worked for over ten years in mechanical, electrical, and software development at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is presently a Senior Research Engineer at the Robotics Institute. Mike is responsible for hardware development, robot control, and software infrastructure on HERB. Before coming to CMU, Mike worked for Parlance Corporation and BBN on realtime computer speech recognition, and for Lutron Electronics on high-frequency switching power systems. Mike has an SB in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a MS in Robotics from CMU.

Shervin Javdani

Shervin Javdani is a PhD student at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, working with Siddhartha Srinivasa and Drew Bagnell. His goal is to enable people to use teleoperation systems efficiently by combining user inputs with autonomous assistance. His focus is on utilizing machine learning and decision making under uncertainty to provide effective assistance. Shervin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Pras Velagapudi

Pras Velagapudi is a Project Scientist in the Robotics Institute currently working with several robots including HERB. His focus is on robust perception and planning under uncertainty for single and multiple robots. Over the past decade, Pras has worked on a range of projects from art to fieldable systems, spanning autonomous land, air, and sea vehicles. Pras has a PhD and MS in Robotics and a BS in ECE and CS from CMU.

Laura Herlant

Laura Herlant is a PhD candidate in the Robotics Institute advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron is a postdoctoral fellow interested in the interaction between a robot and its environment. He is working on projects to improve the controllers that we use on HERB, to incorporate a notion of robustness in the planners, and leads a team working on table clearing. He earned his PhD working on self-manipulation and dynamic behaviors on legged robots (among other things) in Kod*lab, part of the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that he was an undergraduate student researching snake robots as part of the Biorobotics Lab, also at Carnegie Mellon University.

Pyry Matikainen

Pyry Matikainen is a Teaching Fellow in the Robotics Institute.

Stefanos Nikolaidis

Stefanos Nikolaidis is a PhD student at the Robotics Institute working with Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research focuses on algorithms enabling robots to fluidly interact with their human teammates in real-world collaborative tasks. Stefanos has a MS from MIT, a MEng from the University of Tokyo and a BS from the National Technical University of Athens. He has worked as a research specialist at MIT and as a researcher at Square-Enix video-game company in Tokyo.

Rachel Holladay

Rachel Holladay is an undergraduate at CMU double majoring in Computer Science and Robotics. She is primarily interested in the intersection of manipulation and human-robot interaction, with a focus on robot gestures and trajectory wide constraints. Rachel previously worked at the Naval Research Laboratory at the Stennis Space Center.

Clint Liddick

Clint Liddick is a Research Programmer working under Siddhartha Srinivasa. In addition to maintaining the Personal Robotics Lab infrastructure, he contributes to multiple research efforts including tactile sensing, perception systems, controllers, localization, and constrained motion planning.

Shushman Choudhury

Shushman Choudhury is a second year MS student at the Robotics Institute, advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. He obtained his B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He is generally interested in fundamental Artificial Intelligence problems and is currently exploring the idea of graph search through collision probabilities to mitigate edge evaluations in path planning problems. He also contributes to streamlining and improving HERB's perception system.

Gilwoo Lee

Gilwoo Lee is a PhD student in the Robotics Institute co-advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa and Matt Mason. Her research interests are manipulation, perception, and task and motion planning. Gilwoo graduated from MIT with B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics, and M.Eng. in Computer Science. Gilwoo has previously worked as a technical director at Dreamworks Animation Studios.

Henny Admoni

Henny Admoni is a postdoctoral fellow working on shared autonomy and human-in-the-loop robot control. Her areas of interest include assistive robotics, human-robot interaction, and collaborative manipulation. Henny completed her PhD in Computer Science at Yale University, where she worked with Brian Scassellati and the Social Robotics Lab on modeling the complex and dynamic structures of nonverbal behavior in human-robot collaboration. Before that, she earned her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University researching intelligent cognitive agents.

Rosario Scalise

Rosario Scalise is a second year M.S. student at the Robotics Institute co-advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa and Stephanie Rosenthal. His research focuses on natural language interaction in collaborative human-robot systems and enabling transparency in AI decision-making. He previously obtained B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Shen Li

Shen Li is a second year M.S. student at the Robotics Institute co-advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa and Stephanie Rosenthal. His research focuses on improving the efficiency and reliability of human-robot interaction and human trust via natural language in collaborative tasks. He previously obtained B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Ariana Keeling

Ariana is a Systems Engineer in the Personal Robotics Lab. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Oren Salzman

Oren Salzman completed a PhD in the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Prof. Dan Halperin. His research focus is robot motion planning. He aims to apply computational-geometry techniques to motion planning problems. Specifically, looking to provide efficient algorithms with rigorous, analysis for robot systems with many degrees of freedom moving in tight quarters. He earned his BSc with honors from the Technion and his MSc with honors from Tel Aviv University.

Daqing Yi

Daqing Yi completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at Brigham Young University, under the supervision of Prof. Michael Goodrich. His research interests include motion planning, human-robot interaction and intelligent systems. He earned his BS and MS from Tongji University in China.

Jimmy Pengju Jin

Jimmy Jin is a senior in the school of Computer Science, advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. He is interested in computer vision problems such as object detection and pose estimations for robots. Previously, he was an intern at Google working on improving the results of Google Photo Search.

Aditya Mandalika

Aditya is a first year M.S. student at the Robotics Institute advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. His current research interests includes mechanics, control and motion planning of robot manipulators and mobile robots. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering.

Jennifer Shih

Jennifer Shih is an M.S. student in the Machine Learning Department advised by Siddhartha Srinivasa. Her research focuses on using machine learning to improve robotic assistance to humans. She also has an interest in control theory. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. In the past, she has worked on theoretical control and robot learning.

Brian Hou

Brian Hou is a PhD student at the Robotics Institute, working with Siddhartha Srinivasa.




Jennifer King
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the Pittsburgh area)
Michael Koval
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the Pittsburgh area)
Chris Dellin
(PhD 2016, now at a startup in the San Francisco area)
Matt Klingensmith
(PhD 2016, now at Boston Dynamics)
Aaron Walsman
(MS 2015, now at UW)
Anca Dragan
(PhD 2015, now at Berkeley)
Elizabeth Cha
(MS 2014, now at USC)
Kyle Strabala
(MS 2012, now at NREC, CMU)
Alvaro Collet
(PhD 2012, now at Microsoft)
Dmitry Berenson
(PhD 2011, now at Michigan)
Rosen Diankov
(PhD 2010, now at Mujin)
Garrat Gallagher
(MS 2009, now at Bilddbot)
Martin Herrmann
(MS 2009, now at TU Braunschweig)

Graduate Interns

  • Marco Cognetti (University of Rome)
  • Henny Admoni (Yale)
  • Georg Bartels (TU Bremen)
  • Katie Correll
  • Michael Koval
  • Steven Gray
  • Vincenzo Michelli (University of Parma)
  • Tim Niemueller (RWTH Aachen)
  • Peter Kaiser (Universitat Karlsruhe)
  • Maya Cakmak (Georgia Tech)
  • Alex Sorokin (UIUC)
  • Lillian Chang
  • Ross Knepper
  • Laura Lindzey
  • Manel Martinez
  • Julius Ziegler (Universitat Karlsruhe)
  • Nico Blodow (TU Munich)
  • Geoffrey Hollinger
  • Kevin Peterson
  • Nathan Ratliff
  • Rosen Diankov
  • Michael Ashley-Rollman
  • Stuart Anderson
  • Michael DeRosa
  • Ashish Deshpande (U. Mich)
  • Jiaxin Fu
  • Preethi Bhatt

Undergraduate Interns

  • Matt Harding (CMU)
  • Arpit Tarang Saxena (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur)
  • Anton Kuznetsov
  • Kevin Zhang (CMU)
  • Gabriel Quéré (ENSTA ParisTech)
  • Joey Fernau
  • Pengju Jin
  • Angela Wang
  • Peter McHale
  • Vikram Sunder
  • Don Zheng
  • Neil Jassal
  • Myles Blodnick
  • Scott Martin
  • Yuyang Guo
  • Rachel Holladay
  • Andrey Kurenkov
  • Abhijeet Tallavajhula
  • Bo Xiong
  • Corina Guaru
  • Debidatta Dwebi
  • Kenton Lee
  • Dominic Zirbel
  • Tom Mullins
  • Nick Stanley
  • Alex Zirbel
  • Tudor Achim
  • Andrew Yeager
  • Ian-Clanton Thuon
  • Daniel Dewey
  • Nico Blodow
  • Maya Cakmak
  • Lillian Chang
  • Steven Gray
  • Martin Herrmann
  • Geoff Hollinger
  • Peter Kaiser
  • Ross Knepper
  • Laura Lindzey
  • Manuel Martinez
  • Vincenzo Micelli
  • Tim Niemueller
  • Nathan Ratliff
  • Martin Rufli
  • Alexander Sorokin
  • Julius Ziegler