Dan Szafir
Assistant Professor • Interactive Robotics and Novel Technologies Lab • ROBOTS, AUGMENTED REALITY

ATLAS 217

Dan Szafir, assistant professor (ATLAS Institute and  computer science), studies the design and use of robots and related novel technologies, including brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality, with the goal of improving usability and outcomes, such as learning and collaboration.  His research is focused on human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-computer interaction (HCI).  Dan received a doctorate in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory. Prior to UW, he received degrees in computer science and history from Boston College. 

Publications

  • Connor Brooks and Daniel Szafir. 2019. Balanced Information Gathering and Goal-Oriented Actions in Shared Autonomy.  In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19). (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).
  • Michael Walker, Hooman Hedayati and Daniel Szafir. 2019. Robot Teleoperation with Augmented Reality Virtual Surrogates. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19). (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).
  • Darren Guinness, Annika Muehlbradt, Daniel Szafir and Shaun K. Kane. 2018. The Haptic Video Player: Using Mobile Robots to Create Tangible Video Annotations. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 203-211. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3279778.3279805  (Tokyo, Japan — Nov. 25 - 28, 2018). 
  • Daniel Prendergast and Daniel Szafir. 2018. Improving Object Disambiguation from Natural Language using Empirical Models. In Proceedings of the 2018 on International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 477-485. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3242969.3243025  (Boulder, Colorado — Oct. 16 - 20, 2018).
  • Iuzzolino, Michael L., Michael E. Walker, and Daniel Szafir. "Virtual-to-Real-World Transfer Learning for Robots on Wilderness Trails." In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018). IEEE, 2018. (Madrid, Spain – Oct. 1-5, 2018).
  • Connor Brooks, Madhur Atreya, and Daniel Szafir. 2018. Proactive Robot Assistants for Freeform Collaborative Tasks Through Multimodal Recognition of Generic Subtasks. 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2018). DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/iros.2018.8594180 (Madrid, Spain – Oct. 1-5, 2018).
  • Hooman Hedayati, Akriti Kapur, Bradley Hayes and Daniel Szafir. 2018.  Robot Navigation for Space Station Environments, In Robotics: Science and Systems Conference at Carnegie Mellon University. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  – June 26-30, 2018).

  • Steve McGuire, Michael Walker, Jamison McGinley, Nisar Ahmed, Daniel Szafir and Torin Clark. 2018. TRAADRE: TRust in Autonomous ADvisors for Robotic Exploration at the Robotics: Science and Systems, In Robotics: Science and Systems, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 26 - 30, 2018).

  • Hooman Hedayti, Michael Walker, and Daniel Szafir. 2018.  Improving Collocated Teleoperation with Augmented Reality,  In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 78-86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3171221.3171251 Runner-up for Best Paper in Design Category.
  • Michael Walker, Hooman Hedayti, Jennifer LeeDaniel Szafir. 2018. Communicating Robot Motion Intent with Augmented Reality, In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 316-324. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3171221.3171253  (Chicago, March 5-8, 2018) Best Paper in Design Category.
  • Tom Williams, Daniel Szafir, Tathagata Chakraborti, and Heni Ben Amor. 2018. Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for Human-Robot Interaction. In Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 403-404. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173386.3173561 (Chicago, IL, USA — March 05 - 08, 2018).
  • Catherine Diaz, Michael Walker, Danielle Albers Szafir, and Daniel Szafir. 2017. Designing for Depth Perceptions in Augmented Reality. 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ismar.2017.28   (Nantes, France – Oct. 9-13, 2017).
  • Darren Guinness, Daniel Szafir, and Shaun K. Kane. 2017.  GUI Robots: Using Off-the-Shelf Robots as Tangible Input and Output Devices for Unmodified GUI Applications. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 767-778.   DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064706 (Edinburgh, United Kingdom, June 10-14, 2017).

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