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The Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL) research lab focuses on the development of robotic systems that operate effectively in complex human environments, adapt to user preferences and learn from user input. Directed by Sonia Chernova, the lab’s research spans adjustable autonomy, semantic reasoning, human-robot interaction and cloud robotics. See list of publications for an in-depth view of our recent work.

Research Highlights

For a full list of papers, please see Google Scholar.

Harish Ravichandar, Athanasios S. Polydoros, Sonia Chernova, Aude Billard. Recent Advances in Robot Learning from Demonstration. Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems, 2020.  [PDF]
Weiyu Liu, Angel Daruna, Sonia Chernova. CAGE: Context-Aware Grasping Engine. International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2020. [PDF]
Devleena Das and Sonia Chernova. Leveraging Rationales to Improve Human Task Performance. ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2020. [PDF]
Angel Daruna, Weiyu Liu, Zsolt Kira, Sonia Chernova. RoboCSE: Robot Common Sense Embedding. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2019. [PDF] [Video]
David Kent, Carl Saldanha, and Sonia Chernova. Leveraging depth data in remote robot teleoperation interfaces for general object manipulation. International Journal of Robotics Research, 2019. [PDF] [Video]

Lakshmi Nair, Nithin Shrivatsav, Zackory Erickson, Sonia Chernova. Autonomous Tool Construction Using Part Shape and Attachment Prediction. Robotics: Science and Systems, 2019.  [PDF] [Video]

M. Asif Rana, Mustafa Mukadam, Seyed Reza Ahmadzadeh, Sonia Chernova, Byron Boots. Towards robust skill generalization: Unifying learning from demonstration and motion planning.   Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2018. [PDF] [Video]
Siddhartha Banerjee, Andrew Silva, and Sonia Chernova. Robot classification of human interruptibility, and a study of its effects.  ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, 2018. [PDF]


Lab Alumni

PhD: Adrian Boteanu, Russell Toris, Bener Suay, Vivian Chu, Kalesha Bullard
MS: Chaitya Shah, Binit Shah, Andrew Silva, Carl Saldanha, Anahita Mohseni-Kabir, Daniel Miller
Postdoc: Aaron St. Clair, Reza Ahmadzadeh

Open Positions

Research positions at the undergraduate and graduate levels typically open up at the beginning of a semester (August, January and May), with hiring for those positions taking place 4-8 weeks ahead of time.  Please reach out to Sonia Chernova for availability.