About me

I am Sheldon B. and Marianne S. Lubar Professor of Computer Science, Psychology, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the director of the People and Robots Laboratory. I received my PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University‘s Human-Computer Interaction Institute in 2009.

I am the chief editor of the HRI section of the journal Frontiers in Robotics & AI. If you are an HRI researcher interested in publishing in a rigorous, open-access venue, please submit! I am also an associated editor of Human-Computer Interaction and Foundations and Trends® in Human-Computer Interaction. I am also the secretary-treasurer of the HCI Consortium.

If you are interested in joining the People and Robots Lab, please read this page.

Download my CVUpdated: March 2023


My research in human-robot interaction (HRI) builds human-centered principles and methods to enable effective and intuitive interactions between people and robotic technologies and facilitate the successful integration of these technologies into human environments. Below are highlights from ongoing projects in the People and Robots Lab.

HRI Design ToolsHuman-Robot Collaboration
Building Social CompanionsSupporting Social Participation


I teach undergraduate and graduate classes on human-computer interaction, user experience design, and research methods. Below are courses that I am currently teaching or have taught in the last year.

Building User InterfacesHCI Research Methods


I work with a fantastic group of advisees who come from a diverse set of background including computer science, industrial design, industrial engineering, and history who are already building their own research programs. If you are interested in working with me, please read this page.

Current AdviseesPast Advisees
Sophie Wohltjen, Postdoctoral ResearcherEmmanuel Senft, Postdoctoral Advisee, Idiap Research Institute
Pragathi Praveena, CS Graduate StudentHajin Lim, Postdoctoral Advisee, Seoul National University
Andrew Schoen, CS Graduate StudentDanny Rakita, PhD Advisee, Yale University
Mike Hagenow, ME Graduate StudentDavid Porfirio, PhD Advisee, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Laura Stegner, CS Graduate StudentSean Andrist, PhD Advisee, Microsoft Research
Bengisu Cagiltay, CS Graduate StudentJoseph Michaelis, PhD Advisee, University of Illinois Chicago
Olivia Zhao, Psychology Graduate StudentTomislav Pejsa, PhD Advisee, Facebook
Nathan White, CS Graduate StudentChien-Ming Huang, PhD Advisee, Johns Hopkins University
Christine Lee, CS Graduate StudentDaniel Szafir, PhD Advisee, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Amy Koike, CS Graduate StudentIrene Rae, PhD Advisee, Google, Inc.
Dakota Sullivan, CS Graduate StudentAllison Sauppé, PhD Advisee, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Yaxin Hu, CS Graduate StudentShadeequa Miller, PhD Advisee, Dell Corporation
Callie Kim, CS Graduate StudentKevin Welsh, MS Advisee, Los Alamos National Labs
Nitzan Orr, CS Graduate StudentCurt Henrichs, MS Advisee, Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions, Inc.
Hailey Johnson, CS Graduate StudentSteven Johnson, MS Advisee, Google, Inc.
Yuna Hwang, CS Graduate StudentMargaret Pearce, MS Advisee, Deepfield
 Christopher Bodden, MS Advisee, Software Engineer
 Faisal Khan, MS Advisee, Argonne National Lab
 Erica Lewis, BS Advisee, Intel
 Nathalie Cheng, BS Advisee, Exygy
 Jonathan Mumm, BS Advisee, Atomic Labs
 Zhi Tan, BS Advisee, CMU Robotics Institute