I am currently enjoying my life as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. My research interests are on the intersection of AI and Robotics, focusing on innovating and applying AI and Machine Learning methods to human-robot teaming, multi-agent systems, distributed robotic systems, human-robot interaction, planning and automated reasoning. The goal of my research is to bring heterogeneous systems, as well as humans and autonomous systems, seamlessly together to improve our everyday lives, and to achieve complex tasks that has never been achieved before.


    I am always looking for self-motivated students to join CRS to work on our EXCITING PROJECTS! If you are interested, please contact me with your resume, a description of your experience, researach interest, references (if available), and long-term goals. PhD, MS and undergraduate students who are interested in doing projects or theses with me are ESPECIALLY welcome! Check out CRS publications HERE!

  • June, 2018: Two papers have been accepted to be presented at RO-MAN 2018 in Nanjing, China! Congratulations to Ze and Mehrdad (his first paper at CRS)! See CRS publications for details.

  • June, 2018: Two papers have been accepted to be presented at RSS 2018 workshops! See CRS publications for details.

  • May, 2018: Served as an Associate Editor for IROS 2018!

  • April, 2018: Anagha's paper has been accepted to ICAPS 2018 Workshop on Explainable AI Planning (XAIP). Congratulations Anagha!

  • April, 2018: Our ICRA 2018 paper is a finalist for the Best Paper award in Cognitive Robotics!

  • March, 2018: Ze received the University Graduate Fellowship, University Travel Award and ICRA Travel Award. Congratulations Ze!

  • Feb, 2018: Ze's paper on Robot Signaling its Intentions in Human-Robot Teaming is accepted at HRI workshop on Explainable Robotic Systems 2018. Congratulations Ze!

  • Jan, 2018: Ze's first paper on Temporal Spatial Inverse Semantics for Robots Communicating with Humans is accepted at ICRA 2018. Congratulations Ze!

  • Nov, 2017: Daniel Hill and Zachary Ayers successfully finished their FURI projects and presented their FURI posters! PICTURES HERE!

  • Sep, 2017: Zhaoqun Zhong from HIT joined CRS as a PhD student. Welcome Zhaoqun!

  • August, 2017: Congratulations to Daniel Hill and Zachary Ayers for receiving their FURI awards!

  • August, 2017: Li Wang will be joininig us for one year as an exchange student from BIT!

  • June, 2017: Mehrdad Zaker Shahrak joined CRS as a PhD student. Welcome Mehrdad!

  • April, 2017: Our paper on explanation generation is accepted to IJCAI 2017!

  • March, 2017: One of the projects from my Fall 2016 class led to a project into the U.S. Imagine Cup Final! Check out the latest HERE!

  • Jan 15, 2017: Three papers accepted to ICRA 2017!

  • December 27, 2016: Happy Holidays! Finally, student demos for my Fall 2016 class are posted here.

  • November 13, 2016: I will serve as a senior PC member for IJCAI 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

  • September 10, 2016: Ze Gong joined CRS as a PhD student. Welcome Ze!

  • September 9, 2016: The Cooperative Robotic Systems (CRS) lab website is alive!

  • August 16, 2016: I joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor. I am looking for passionate students to join my lab. If you are interested, please contact me with your resume, a description of your experience, researach interest, and long-term goals.

  • June 19, 2016: I gave an invited talk at RSS workshop on Minimality and Design Automation.

  • May 23, 2016: I will serve as a PC member on the Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) track of SAC, 2017.

Here are some of the robots we are currently working with:

About me: I was a research assistant professor at Arizona State University from 2015-2016. Before that, I worked in the Yochan research laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher from 2013-2015. I received my PhD degree at the Distributed Intelligence Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Tennessee in August 2012, under the advising of Prof. Lynne E Parker. My PhD research was on significantly extending the state-of-the-art distributed robot systems, more specifically, by enabling heterogeneous robots to form and execute complex coalitions in a dynamic fashion.

Our research is sponsored by: