Soheil Habibian

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, and a research assistant at Collab. My research interests include robot learning, human-robot collaboration, artificial intelligence, and robotics. I spent Spring 2023 as a research intern at Honda Research Institute working on modeling human cognitive states in hybrid mobility environments.

Previously, I did my masters in mechanical engineering at Bucknell University and worked on a research project, funded by Toyota Research Institute, that was 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 at the university’s SYNTECH Technology and Innovation Center. I worked 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.


Feb 11, 2023 I am delighted to announce that I’ve been selected as an outstanding peer reviewer by the program committee of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2023.
Jan 30, 2023 Our RA-L paper, “Encouraging Human Interaction with Robot Teams: Legible and Fair Subtask Allocations” got accepted for presentation at the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
Jan 30, 2023 Our collaborative work with RAAD LAB at Purdue, “Wrapping Haptic Displays Around Robot Arms to Communicate Learning” got published in IEEE Transactions on Haptics. [link]
Jan 17, 2023 I’m excited to share I joined Honda Research Institute in San Jose, CA as an intern.