Who am I?

To the extent that work defines who I am, I will attempt to answer the unanswerable. I am a roboticist. Robotics initially attracted me as an approach to tackling the grand challenges of artificial intelligence (AI).

Over time, I found the pursuit of AI without purpose unsatisfying. Since arriving at Georgia Tech in 2006, my research has focused on enabling robots to provide intelligent physical assistance in the context of healthcare. A full solution would likely include robots that are physically and socially intelligent in human environments, which would be consistent with notions of artificial general intelligence (AGI). The robots would also be intent on helping humans flourish, which is the type of success I’d like to see.

In 2007, I founded the Healthcare Robotics Lab. I recommend you go to my lab’s website and look around. Through numerous studies, we’ve shown that mobile robots with arms (mobile manipulators) can meaningfully benefit people with disabilities in their daily lives. This points the way to a future in which intelligent mobile manipulators help people on a daily basis. There are challenges to overcome, but I’m optimistic.

In pursuit of helping this future arrive sooner, I co-founded a startup company named Hello Robot Inc. in 2017. I own equity in and work for Hello Robot, which is commercializing robotic assistance technologies initially developed in my lab. We’re still pretty stealthy. I’m looking forward to the day when I can share more.

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