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 head 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 the associate head of IRAL, UMBC's Assistant Vice President for Research, and an affiliate assistant professor of both physics and computer science.


  • Jean-Paul Badjo is an electrical engineering Ph.D. student whose interests include building powered hardware, especially exoskeletons, for assistive technology settings.
  • Neil Bell is a computer science Ph.D. student studying sensor-based discovery of the morphology of articulatedstructures, in order to improve the ability of robots to cooperate in teams without assuming pre-existing models of teammates.
  • Tim Lewis is a computer science Ph.D. student working on building context-sensitive mobile platforms, suitable for providing semantically-aware communication and navigation help in assistive technologies.
  • Nisha Pillai is a computer science Ph.D. student researching machine learning algorithms necessary to jointly learn models of language, sensor inputs, and motion, focusing on active learning and novel semantic categories.


  • Tejas Sathe, M.S. computer science, 2017
  • Gurpreet Singh, M.S. computer science, 2017
  • Megan Zimmerman, B.S. computer science, 2017: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Natacha Ngea, B.S. electrical and computing engineering, 2017: Harris Corporation
  • Grace Chandler, B.S. computer science, 2016