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Faculty

Dr. Cynthia Matuszek's research is in the intersection of robotics and natural language for HRI. She is an assistant professor in UMBC's Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department and the founder of the IRAL research lab. calendly.com/dr_m Dr. Frank Ferraro's research is focused on natural language processing, computational event semantics, and unlabeled, structured probabilistic modeling over very large corpora. He is 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. He is the founder of the AVAIL lab. Dr. Edward Raff performs research in a number of areas, including machine learning, malware analysis, adversarial ML, fingerprint biometrics, and fairness in AI. He is a Chief Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton, and a visiting affiliate professor at UMBC computer science. bit.ly/2zh9Dm3

Students

Ph.D.

Kasra Darvish
Analyzing tasks and architectures for assistive robotics in elder care in order to extend and improve independent living.
Padraig Higgins
Improving telepresence with embodied capabilities.
Nisha Pillai
Machine learning algorithms necessary to jointly learn models of language, sensor inputs, and motion, focusing on active learning and novel semantic categories.
Frank Serna
Using and extending grounded language machine learning approaches in order to learn from robotically gathered sensory context and natural language interactions.
Luke Richards
Semantic parsing of grounded language to improve fairness and explainability.

Masters

Patrick Jenkins
Domain adaptation for transferring learned groundings among heterogeneous robots.
Youssouf Kebe
Domain adaptation for transferring learned groundings among heterogeneous robots.
Justin Rokisky
Aishwarya Sapkale

Research Undergraduates

Monali Saraf

Alumnae

Ph.D.

M.S.

Undergraduates