Learning for Human-Robot Interaction

Prof. Dana Kulić

Monash University

Robots working in human environments need to learn from and adapt to their users. In this talk, I will describe the challenges of robot learning during human-robot interaction:  what should be learned?  how can a user effectively provide feedback and input? I will illustrate the challenges with examples of robots in different roles and applications, including rehabilitation, collaboration in industrial and field settings, and in education and entertainment.

Prof. Dana Kulić conducts research in robotics and human-robot interaction (HRI), and develops autonomous systems that can operate in concert with humans, using natural and intuitive interaction strategies while learning from user feedback to improve and individualize operation over long-term use.

Dana Kulić received the combined B. A. Sc. and M. Eng. degree in electro-mechanical engineering, and the Ph. D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1998 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Kulić was a JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow and a Project Assistant Professor at the Nakamura-Yamane Laboratory at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, Dr. Kulić established the Adaptive System Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada, conducting research in human robot interaction, human motion analysis for rehabilitation and humanoid robotics. Since 2019, Dr. Kulić is a professor and director of Monash Robotics at Monash University, Australia. In 2020, Dr. Kulić was awarded the ARC Future Fellowship. Her research interests include robot learning, humanoid robots, human-robot interaction and mechatronics.