I am a first-year PhD student at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, advised by Ludovic Righetti at the Machines in Motion Laboratory. My research interests include machine learning, control theory, and their application to human-robot interaction. In particular, I am interested in exploiting the tactile aspect of motions to build robots that are capable of developing trust and intimacy with humans by touching, hugging or even tickling them safely.
Prior to joining NYU Tandon, I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich in 2015 and 2018 respectively. I also spent a year at the Autonomous Motion Department headed by Stefan Schaal of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems conducting my master’s thesis. Under the supervision of Franziska Meier, Jeannette Bohg and Ludovic Righetti, I worked on associating sensor traces with motion primitives for robust robot grasping.