Published: Feb. 3, 2017

RECUV faculty member Daniel Szafir was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for his work on human-robot interaction and human-computer interaction. Dan runs the ATLAS Interactive Robotics and Novel Technologies (IRON) Lab. Since joining the University of Colorado in 2015, he has quickly grown the IRON Lab as a collaboration between the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science. Dan was recently awarded a two-year $174,000 National Science Foundation CRII Award titled "Leveraging Implicit Human Cues to Design Effective Behaviors for Collaborative Robots." This work will address the challenge of designing robots that can be effective collaborators with humans in manufacturing, assembly, and repair situations by improving robot abilities to sense and respond to implicit human communicative behaviors. Dr. Szafir was also recently awarded a three-year $360,000 NASA Early Career Faculty Award titled "Developing Principles for Effective Human Collaboration with Free-Flying Robots." This research will explore the design and use of aerial robots on-board the International Space Station, specifically investigating the design of robot control interfaces and robot signaling capabilities for use in space exploration missions.