IRIM Robotics Seminar–Aaron Steinfeld

Carnegie Mellon's Aaron Steinfeld presents “Understanding and Creating Appropriate Robot Behavior” as part of the IRIM Robotics Seminar Series. The event will be held in the GTMI Auditorium from 12-1 p.m. and is open to the public.


End users expect appropriate robot actions, interventions, and requests for human assistance. As with most technologies, robots that behave in unexpected and inappropriate ways face misuse, abandonment, and sabotage. Complicating this challenge are human misperceptions of robot capability, intelligence, and performance. This talk will summarize work from several projects focused on this human-robot interaction challenge. Findings and examples will be shown from work on human trust in robots, deceptive robot behavior, robot motion, robot characteristics, and interaction with humans who are blind.


Dr. Aaron Steinfeld is an associate research professor in the Robotics Institute (RI) at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral appointment at U.C. Berkeley. He is the co-director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), director of the DRRP on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing, and the area lead for transportation related projects in the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT). Steinfeld’s research focuses on operator assistance under constraints; i.e., how to enable timely and appropriate interaction when technology use is restricted through design, tasks, the environment, time pressures, and/or user abilities. His work includes intelligent transportation systems, crowdsourcing, human-robot interaction, rehabilitation, and universal design.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    12:00 pm - Thursday, October 22, 2015
    12:59 pm
Location: GTMI Auditorium

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