I am a robotics researcher specialized in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Programming by Demonstration (PbD). The goal of my research is to enable end-users of general-purpose personal robots to program new capabilities on their robots. In particular, I am interested in PbD in which users can achieve this by providing demonstrations of what they want. My work investigates challenges faced by potential users of such programmable robots and develops interaction mechanisms, learning algorithms and interfaces to make PbD more efficient and effective. My Ph.D. thesis develops mechanisms for guiding users during PbD interactions, such as teaching instructions or questions asked by the robot.


2013-Present Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering Department
2012-2013 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Willow Garage, Inc.
2007-2012 Ph.D. in Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, supervised by Dr. Andrea L. Thomaz.
2005-2007 M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Kovan Research Lab, supervised by Dr. Erol Sahin.
2001-2005 B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and minor degree in Mechatronics, Middle East Technical University.


Sep, 2013 Starting at UW CSE
Aug, 2013 Robot-related trip to Morocco (more info later)
Jul, 2013 Attending the UW/MSR Summer Institute on Situated Language
Jun, 2013 Attending RSS 2013
May, 2013 Accepted a position at University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering department!
May, 2013 Demoing PR2 at ICRA 2013
May, 2013 Demoing PR2 at Google I/O 2013
Apr, 2013 Received the College of Computing Dissertation Award
Mar, 2013 Attending the AAAI Spring Symposium on Designing Intelligent Robots: Reintegrating AI 2
Mar, 2013 Co-organizing the IUI 2013 Workshop on Interactive Machine Learning
Mar, 2013 Attending HRI 2013 in Tokyo
Nov, 2012 Co-organizing the AAAI Fall Symposium on Robots that Learn Interactively from Human Teachers
Oct, 2012 Started as a post-doc at Willow Garage
Sep, 2012 Wedding in Bodrum
Aug, 2012 Commencement
May, 2012 PhD thesis defense