BiographyAaron Steinfeld, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor in the Robotics Institute (RI) at Carnegie Mellon. He received his BSE, MSE, and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the U. of Michigan and completed a Post Doc at U.C. Berkeley. He is the PI and Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), the PI and Director of the DRRP on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing and the DRRP on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation, and has had leadership roles in large NSF and DARPA programs. He is an internationally recognized expert on advanced transportation systems, human-robot interaction, and human-computer interaction. He has served in many roles within the transportation and human-robot interaction communities (e.g., General Co-Chair for the 2012 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction), editorial and advisory boards, and multiple professional committees. Technology developed by his team has received innovation awards from industry and government organizations. He is also an author of over seven-dozen peer reviewed publications, more than a dozen book chapters, and one book.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I specialize in human-robot interaction, constrained user interfaces, and operator assistance systems. I am interested in how to enable timely and appropriate interaction when interfaces are restricted through tasks, the environment, time pressures, design, and/or user abilities. I have a strong interest and extensive experience with the design and execution of evaluation experiments for complex human-in-the-loop systems. I have been a key contributor to several deployed and operational long-term field tests. Two systems I helped develop became commercial products. I utilize training and experience in human factors and ergonomics, mobile robotics, intelligent transportation, rehabilitation and disabilities, human-computer interaction, and research methods.