Robots in Our Midst

Wendy Ju, Cornell University


The advent of autonomous technologies are both exciting and alarming. Ironically, the success or failure of such systems will very much depend on how they interact with people: the need for strong communication, interface and interaction design grows larger rather than smaller in the age of autonomy. In my Future Autonomy Research Lab, we are looking at how people will interact with robots and vehicles in the future. We are particularly concerned with joint performance of task, recognizing human states, and opportunities of learning and adaptation. By using simulation techniques, we can prototype and test interactions to understand how best to design our future.