Views from the Other Side of the Desk

A photo gallery of Julie Shah’s first year on the faculty.

Oct 24, 2012
Julie Shah (second from right) and fellow Aero-Astro PhDs in the Class of 2011 after the hooding ceremony at MIT in June 2011.
Before renovations, this space in the Gas Turbine Laboratory building housed old turbine test-bed equipment. By early October 2011, it would be transformed into the Interactive Robotics Group’s new lab space. 
Shortly after IRG got its first robot in January 2012, Ron Wilcox worked in the lab on a demo for a paper the lab would submit to the prestigious Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference. The demo showcased how the robot, known as Abbie, can reschedule its work to dynamically adapt to different workers and their preferences.
In April 2012, Stefanos Nikolaidis worked on the program that would govern Abbie during the human-robot learning experiment he would perform over the summer. This screen shot of the simulated training environment he created shows the white anthropomorphic robot he would control while the orange industrial robot learned a task plan to adapt to the working style of a human coworker.
In June 2012, a reporter from Bloomberg News interviewed Shah about her research in the IRG lab space. The next month, an article written by Shah entitled “Revolutionizing Manufacturing via Human-Robotic Partners” appeared in the Aero-Astro department’s annual publication, AeroAstro.
In August 2012, Shah’s newly expanded Interactive Robotics Group ventured to Catamount Trees in upstate New York to tackle a ropes course together as a lab orientation. Front row: Emily Frost, Julie Shah, Been Kim, Claudia Perez D’Arpino. Back row: Stefanos Nikolaidis, Joseph Kim, Ron Wilcox, Pem Lasota, Matthew Gombolay.