Soheil Habibian


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.


Mar 26, 2024 I am thrilled that our paper titled “Wrapping haptic displays around robot arms to communicate learning” has won the 2024 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award.
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).