National Robotics Engineering Center
Carnegie Mellon University
I am a Special Faculty / Commercialization Specialist at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining NREC, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Robotics Research Group which is a part of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Engineering of Boğaziçi University under the co-supervision of Prof. H. Levent Akın from Boğaziçi University and Prof. Manuela Veloso from Carnegie Mellon University.
My long term vision is to create fully and partially autonomous robots that work alone, in collaboration with humans, and with other robots, continuously learning and updating their behaviors through interacting with humans as well as the environment. My work is interdisciplinary, drawing from the methods and theory of robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. My current research focus is on developing algorithms, representations, and interfaces for operator behavior modeling through inverse optimal control and imitation learning, efficient data-driven high-fidelity sensor and actuator simulation, and multi-modal robust and accurate mapping and pose registration algorithms under severe feature occlusion. My research interests also include robot learning from demonstration, sliding autonomy through learning, multi-sensor perception, high-fidelity high-performance data-driven robot and sensor simulation, mixed-initiative human-robot collaboration, human behavior understanding, computer vision, and multi-robot coordination.
My vitae as of August 2015.