My research lies at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). I am broadly interested in developing computational methods for transferring information and knowledge between humans and robots, to help one day achieve a mutual and beneficial human-robot relationship. This transfer can occur in the context of explainable robot behavior (robot-to-human transfer of information), assistive settings (robot helping human or human helping robot to get to a goal), or through teaching interactions (transfer of knowledge with learning or teaching robots).

I am currently working as a postdoc in the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at UT Austin. I recently graduated with a dual PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA, and the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal.  At CMU, I was part of the Robotics Institute, where I was advised by Prof. Manuela Veloso. At IST, I was part of the Group on AI for People and  Society (GAIPS), where I was advised by Prof. Francisco Melo.

I am also a trained contemporary dancer, with a special interest in movement improvisation. (Check out the Art section for more information.) I hope one day to somehow merge my two passions for robotics and dance.

*News* I will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam as an assistant professor, as part of the Social Artificial Intelligence Group. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in AI for HRI, please get in touch as I will be looking for students soon.

You can find my  scientific Curriculum Vitae here,

and my artistic Curriculum Vitae here.

baraka.kim (at) gmail (dot) com

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