Dan Szafir
Former ATLAS faculty member • IRON Lab • ROBOTS, AUGMENTED REALITY • COMPUTER SCIENCE

ATLS 201B

Beginning in August 2021, Szafir began a new position at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as an assistant professor of computer science. He served as an assistant professor of computer science with the ATLAS Institute 2015 – 2021.

Dan Szafir 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

  • Jamie Voros, Jamison McGinley, Steven McGuire, Michael Walker, Priyanka Karki, Nisar Ahmed, Daniel Szafir, and Torin Clark(C). (2020). Trust in an Autonomous Guidance System for a Planetary Rover Task. In the IEEE Aerospace Conference (AeroConf 2020), pp. 1–8. Big Sky, Montana. doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO47225.2020.9172290

  • M. Whitlock, Daniel Szafir, & Kenny Gruchalla. 2020. HydrogenAR: Interactive Data-Driven Storytelling for Dispenser Reliability. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), DOI: 10.1109/ISMAR50242.2020.00101. (Virtual–Nov. 9-13, 2020) pdf

  • Hooman Hedayati, Ryo Suzuki, Daniel Leithinger, Daniel J. Szafir. 2020. PufferBot: Actuated Expandable Structures for Aerial Robots. In Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020). DOI: 10.1109/IROS45743.2020.9341088. (Las Vegas, Nevada–Oct. 25-29, 2020) pdf.

  • Hooman Hedayati, Annika Muehlbradt, Daniel J. Szafir and Sean Andrist. 2020. REFORM: Recognizing F-formations for Social Robots. In Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020). DOI: 10.1109/IROS45743.2020.9340708. (Las Vegas, Nevada–Oct. 25-29, 2020). pdf

  • Hooman HedayatiDaniel Szafir, and James Kennedy. 2020. Comparing F-Formations Between Humans and On-Screen Agents. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–9. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3383015 (Honolulu, Hawaii (virtual) – April 25-30, 2020).
  • Ryo SuzukiHooman HedayatiClement Zheng, James Bohn, Daniel SzafirEllen Yi-Luen DoMark D Gross, and Daniel Leithinger. 2020. RoomShift: Room-scale Dynamic Haptics for VR with Furniture-moving Swarm Robots. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 396, 11 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376523  (Honolulu, Hawaii – April 25-30, 2020).
  • Connor Brooks and Daniel Szafir. (2020). Visualization of Intended Assistance for Acceptance of Shared Control. In the Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020). Las Vegas, Nevada. doi: 10.1109/IROS45743.2020.9340964.
  • Brooks, Connor and Szafir, Daniel. 2019. Building Second-Order Mental Models for Human-Robot Interaction.  In Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium Series (AI-HRI '19), ArXiv preprint arXiv:1909.06508. (Washington, DC – Nov. 7-9, 2019). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32117.73444.
  • Daniel Szafir. (2019). Mediating Human-Robot Interactions with Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Applications and Case Studies (HCII VAMR 2019), pp. 124–149. Orlando, FL. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-21565-1_9.
  • Darren Guinness, Annika Muehlbradt, Daniel Szafir, and Shaun K. Kane. 2019. RoboGraphics: Dynamic Tactile Graphics Powered by Mobile Robots. In Proceedings of the 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3308561.3353804 (Pittsburgh, PA - Oct. 28, 2019)
  • Steve McGuire, P. Michael Furlong, Terry Fong, Christoffer Heckman, Daniel Szafir,  Simon J. Julier, Nisar Ahmed. Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes: Validation of Adaptive Recovery in Robotic Space Operations, in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 1216-1223, April 2019. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2019.2894381.
  • Hooman Hedayati, Daniel Szafir, and Sean Andrist. 2019. Recognizing F-Formations in the Open World. In 2019 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/hri.2019.8673233 (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).
  • Connor Brooks and Dan Szafir. 2019. Balanced Information Gathering and Goal-Oriented Actions in Shared Autonomy.  In ACM/IEEE '19: The 14th Annual International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'19), (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019). DOI: 10.1109/HRI.2019.8673192.
  • 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).
  • T. Williams, D. Szafir, T. Chakraborti and E. Phillips. 2019. Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for Human-Robot Interaction (VAM-HRI). In The 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19), pp. 671-672. DOI: 10.1109/HRI.2019.8673207  (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).

  • Williams, Tom, Szafir, Daniel, and Chakraborti, Tathagata. 2019. The Reality-Virtuality Interaction Cube: A Framework for Conceptualizing Mixed-Reality Interaction Design Elements for HRI. In 2019 14th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '19) (Daegu, South Korea – March 11-14, 2019).

  • M. E. Walker, D. Szafir and I. Rae, "The Influence of Size in Augmented Reality Telepresence Avatars," 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), Osaka, Japan, 2019, pp. 538-546. doi: 10.1109/VR.2019.8798152 (Osaka, Japan – March 23-27, 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).

  • S. McGuire, P. M. Furlong, C. Heckman, S. Julier, D. Szafir and N. Ahmed, Failure is Not an Option: Policy Learning for Adaptive Recovery in Space Operations,  in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1639-1646, July 2018. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2018.2801468.

  • 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).

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