Professor Laurel Riek
The University of California, San Diego, USA
Healthcare Robotics: A Vision for Personalized Healthcare at Home
As our society ages and population healthcare needs increase, many are looking to robots as a means to help fill care gaps. To work alongside people, particularly at their most vulnerable, robots need the ability to dynamically and quickly interpret human activities, understand context, and take appropriate, safe, and useful actions. They also need to learn from and adapt to people long term. My research focuses on building robots that autonomously solve problems in human environments, particularly those that are safety critical (e.g., hospitals, homes, and work sites). We have been designing new methods to support how robots can personalize their behavior with co-located humans by exploring new research directions in perception, coordination dynamics, and long term learning. Our primary application focus is healthcare, with recent work in neurorehabilitation, dementia caregiving, and emergency medicine. This talk will describe several of our recent projects in this space.
Dr. Laurel Riek is a professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, with joint appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Contextual Robotics Institute. Dr. Riek directs the Healthcare Robotics Lab and leads research in human-robot teaming, computer vision, and healthcare engineering, with a focus on autonomous robots that work proximately with people. Riek’s current research interests include long term learning, robot perception, and personalization; with applications in critical care, neurorehabilitation, and manufacturing. Dr. Riek received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon. Riek served as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation from 2000-2008, working on learning and vision systems for robots, and held the Clare Boothe Luce chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from 2011-2016. Dr. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Qualcomm Research Award, and was named one of ASEE’s 20 Faculty Under 40.