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: August 2022


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
Emmanuel Senft, Postdoctoral ResearcherSean Andrist, PhD Advisee, Microsoft Research
Hajin Lim, Postdoctoral ResearcherJoseph Michaelis, PhD Advisee, University of Illinois Chicago
Bengisu Cagiltay, CS Graduate StudentTomislav Pejsa, PhD Advisee, Facebook
Amy Koike, CS Graduate StudentChien-Ming Huang, PhD Advisee, Johns Hopkins University
Christine Lee, CS Graduate StudentDaniel Szafir, PhD Advisee, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Nitzan Orr, CS Graduate StudentIrene Rae, PhD Advisee, Google, Inc.
David Porfirio, CS Graduate StudentAllison Sauppé, PhD Advisee, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Pragathi Praveena, CS Graduate StudentShadeequa Miller, PhD Advisee, Dell Corporation
Danny Rakita, CS Graduate StudentCurt Henrichs, MS Advisee, Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions, Inc.
Andrew Schoen, CS Graduate StudentSteven Johnson, MS Advisee, Google, Inc.
Laura Stegner, CS Graduate StudentMargaret Pearce, MS Advisee, Deepfield
Dakota Sullivan, CS Graduate StudentChristopher Bodden, MS Advisee, Software Engineer
Olivia Zhao, Psychology Graduate StudentFaisal Khan, MS Advisee, Argonne National Lab
Kevin Welsh, CS Graduate StudentErica Lewis, BS Advisee, Intel
Nathan White, CS Graduate StudentNathalie Cheng, BS Advisee, Exygy
 Jonathan Mumm, BS Advisee, Atomic Labs
 Zhi Tan, BS Advisee, CMU Robotics Institute