We are a growing group. If you are interested in doing work with the IRAL lab, send email to Dr. Matuszek.


Dr. Cynthia Matuszek's research is in the intersection of robotics and natural language for HRI. She is the director of the IRAL research lab and an assistant professor in UMBC's Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department. Dr. Don Engel's research spans robotics, vision, and immersive human-robot interaction. He is UMBC's Assistant Vice President for Research, and an affiliate assistant professor of both physics and computer science.


Jean-Paul Badjo, Ph.D., EE.
Building powered hardware, especially exoskeletons, for assistive technology and search-and-rescue.
Neil R. Bell, Ph.D., CS.
Sensor-based discovery of the morphology of articulated structures in order to improve the ability of robots to cooperate in teams without assuming pre-existing models of teammates.
Tim Lewis, Ph.D., CS.
Context-sensitive mobile platforms suitable for providing semantically-aware communication and navigation help in assistive technologies.
Nisha Pillai, Ph.D., CS.
Machine learning algorithms necessary to jointly learn models of language, sensor inputs, and motion, focusing on active learning and novel semantic categories.
Isha Potnis, M.S., CS.
Natural language processing for grounded language acquisition.