Paul Robinette 


I work as a researcher at Georgia Tech Research Institute. My current work involves human-robot trust as well as developing autonomy for unmanned aerial vehicles. 

I received my Robotics PhD from Georgia Tech in December 2015. With my advisors Ayanna Howard and Alan Wagner, I investigated the ways that robot behaviors affect human trust in guidance robots during emergency evacuations. Through this research, we have evaluated the ability of robots to interact with humans in an understandable and trustworthy manner in studies involving over 2,000 participants. In recent work, we have found that people tend to overtrust robots in these situations:

Previously, I attended Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla, UMR) where I received a Masters in Computer Engineering and two Bachelors degrees (Computer Engineering and Physics).

I've been involved in robotics since I joined the S&T Robotics Competition Team the second semester of my freshmen year. While on the team, I held various positions, including Team President, as we competed annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC). This competition requires the team to design and build a medium-sized robot to autonomously traverse an outdoor obstacle course.