Soheil Habibian

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I am a third-year PhD student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, and a research assistant at Collab under the supervision of Prof. Dylan Losey. My research interests include robot learning, human-robot teams, and artificial intelligence.

Previously, I had the honor to work with Prof. Keith Buffinton at Bucknell University, where I received my master’s degree in mechanical engineering. My research, which was a cooperative project with the University of Michigan and funded by Toyota Research Institute, focused on modeling and control of a flexible soft actuator for creating soft robotic arms.

I received my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Qazvin Azad University in 2015. From 2011 to 2017, I was a research assistant and a lead engineer in the robotic team at AMRL. I focused on design and implementation of tele-operative response robots. Our team actively participated in RoboCup and was steadily ranked within the top 3 in Rescue Robot League organized by NIST.


Jun 30, 2022 Our paper, “RILI: Robustly Influencing Latent Intent” got accepted to IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
May 11, 2022 Our paper, “Encouraging Human Interaction with Robot Teams: Legible and Fair Subtask Allocations” got accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. [link]
Apr 17, 2022 Collab will be at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Philadelphia! Our group will present two papers at ICRA 2022.
Mar 26, 2022 Our paper, “Here’s What I’ve Learned: Asking Questions That Reveal Reward Learning” got accepted to ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. [link]