About Us

The goal of the Human And Robot Partners (HARP) lab is to understand and develop autonomous, intelligent robots that help people live better. Our robots engage people through social and physical interactions, monitoring human behavior to understand and predict the types of help people need. Our lab’s expertise includes robotics, human-robot interaction, machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and cognitive science. Application domains include assistive robot manipulators for people with motor impairments, robot tutors for education, and robot therapy assistants for people with cognitive or social disabilities.

We are a part of the Robotics Insitute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stop by our lab in NSH 4502 for a visit!

If you’re interested in getting involved with our research, please read this first.


  • 7 June ‘23: Abhijat presented his paper “Characterizing drivers’ peripheral vision via the functional field of view for intelligent driving assistance” at the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2023 in Anchorage, Alaska! PDF is available here

  • 15 May ‘23: Gustavo Silvera had one of the top final projects in the Physics-based rendering class at CMU this year, winning a fully funded trip to SIGGRAPH 2023! Check it out here!

  • 28 Apr ‘23: Maggie Collier gave her speaking qualifier on “Observing Assistance Preferences via User-controlled Arbitration in Shared Control.” Congratulations, great work Maggie!

  • 24 Apr ‘23: Congratulations to Zulekha Karachiwalla for winning a CMU Center for Machine Learning and Health Fellowship in Digital Health Innovation!

  • 31 Mar ‘23: Congratulations to Abhijat Biswas for completing his PhD thesis proposal on Eye Gaze for Intelligent Driving!

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