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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. 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 Senior Lead Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton, and a visiting affiliate professor at UMBC computer science.



Neil R. Bell, Ph.D.
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. (On leave)
Kasra Darvish
Analyzing tasks and architectures for assistive robotics in elder care in order to extend and improve independent living.
Tim Lewis, Ph.D.
Context-sensitive mobile platforms suitable for providing semantically-aware communication and navigation help in assistive technologies. (On leave)
Nisha Pillai, Ph.D.
Machine learning algorithms necessary to jointly learn models of language, sensor inputs, and motion, focusing on active learning and novel semantic categories.
Frank Serna, Ph.D.
Using and extending grounded language machine learning approaches in order to learn from robotically gathered sensory context and natural language interactions.
John Winder, Ph.D.


Padraig Higgins, MS.
Improving telepresence with embodied capabilities.
Luke Richards, MS.
Semantic parsing of grounded language to improve fairness and explainability.
Justin Rokisky, MS.
Rishabh Sachdeva, MS.
Aishwari Sapkale, MS.
Huma Saudagar, MS.

Research Undergraduates

Monali Saraf, BS.