I am an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I am working with Dr. Sidd Srinivasa at the Personal Robotics Lab. I am working on food manipulation in the context of assistive feeding tasks. I also actively collaborate with Dr. Maya Cakmak and Dr. Anat Caspi.
I did my Ph.D in Robotics at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech. I worked with Dr. Charlie Kemp at the Healthcare Robotics Lab. My work also hugely benefited from interactions with Dr. Jim Rehg, Dr. Henrik Christensen, Dr. Karen Liu, and Dr. Lena Ting. My Ph.D dissertation was on rapid haptic perception using force and thermal sensing. During my Ph.D, I did multiple internships with Disney Research, Los Angeles where I worked with Dr. Günter Niemeyer on developing bio-inspired control strategies for effective human-robot interaction.
Before starting my Ph.D, I worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Interaction and Robotics Research Center in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), in Seoul, South-Korea. My work there focused on control design for human-like reaching movements using redundancy in robot arm-trunk and hand-arm systems. I did my M.S at the Robotics and Simulation Lab in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South-Korea. During my M.S, I worked on the analysis of stability and performance of teleoperation systems in surgical applications.
Before my masters, I worked in TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (A TATA Motors subsidiary) on the design of an industrial pick-and-place robot and on providing robotic and factory-automation solutions for automotive applications. I did my B. Tech at the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India (NIT-Calicut).
- Our work was selected as one of the best interactive designs of the year 2019 by Fast Company
- Was invited to give a talk at the Seattle Robotics Society
- Was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Our paper on 'Is more autonomy always better? Exploring preferences of users with mobility impairments in robot-assisted feeding' has been accepted to HRI 2020.
- Co-organizing IROS 2019 Workshop on "RoboTac 2019: New Advances in Tactile Sensation, Perception, and Learning in Robotics: Emerging Materials and Technologies for Manipulation", Macau, China
- Co-organizing Humanoids 2019 Workshop on "Robotic Food Manipulation", Toronto, Canada
- Co-instructor for CSE 590 Research Seminar Course
- My talk on 'Robot-Assisted Feeding: From Bite Acquisition to Bite Transfer' won the Best Oral Presentation in Annual Postdoc Research Symposium at the University of Washington, 2019
- Co-organizing IJCAI 2019 Workshop on "Artificial Intelligence and Food", Macao, China
- Was selected to participate in the RSS Pioneers Workshop, 2019 in Freiburg, Germany
- Was invited to give an Industry Luncheon Keynote on HRI Research Challenges in ICRA 2019
- Our paper on 'Transfer depends on Acquisition: Analyzing Manipulation Strategies for Robotic Feeding' was awarded the Best Paper Award for Technical Advances in HRI 2019.
- Teaching CSE 571, a graduate qualifiers course on Robotics: Algorithms and Applications
- Was invited to give Guest Lectures in Assistive Technology class in Division of Occupational Therapy, 2019, at UW and in Exploration Sessions for CSE 142/143, 2018 and 2019, at UW
- Our demonstration on Autonomous Robotic Feeding won the Best Demo Award at NeurIPS 2018
- Was invited to be Associate Editor, ICRA 2019
- Was invited to give a talk at WPI's Robotics Colloquium as a part of STEM Faculty Launch Program 2018
- Co-organizing UW's Robotics Colloquium Series
- Was awarded the Postdoc Research Grant at UW-CSE
- Co-organized RSS workshop on "Tactile Sensing for Manipulation: Hardware, Modeling, and Learning", Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- Our work on Robot-assisted Feeding was featured in UW News, BBC News, BBC Click, Reuters, KOMO 4, Q13, KIRO 7, GeekWire, ScienceDaily, Digital Trends, Futurity, Interesting Engineering, World News BUZ, Wonderful Engineering, labroots, Futurism, FastCompany, New Atlas, ATtoday, BYUradio, NIH Newsroom, Puget Sound Business Journal, King 5 etc.
- A part of our work on Thermal Sensing Robotic Skin technology was featured in IEEE Spectrum, ACM TechNews, SlashGear
- Our Force Sensing Robotic Skin technology that I used during my Ph. D was featured in New York Times, Reuters
- Our work on Assistive Partnered Stepping Robot was featured in Popular Science, Georgia Tech NewsRoom, Emory Magazine
- Mailing Address:
Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering,
University of Washington,
3800 E Stevens Way NE,
Seattle , WA - 98195-2355,
Gates Center, Room 261
- Office Phone:
NAME at cs dot washington dot edu (NAME: tapo)