Marynel Vázquez, Robotics Ph.D., M.S., Carnegie Mellon University B.Eng., Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela.

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Address: 
51 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Marynel Vázquez is a computer scientist and roboticist. Her research focuses on understanding how to build interactive computing technologies that are meaningful, intuitive, and appropriate for users, especially in complex social environments. In particular, her research agenda centers on enabling social interactions between robots and multiple people. She creates systems that support these interactions and studies the intricacies of these encounters to understand how we can make robots better social actors. Marynel’s research crosses the boundaries between Human-Robot and Human-Computer Interaction, and often combines elements from robot perception, computer vision, machine learning, social science, and design.

Selected Awards:

  • 2014-2015 Generation Google Scholar
  • 2012 Finalist of the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
  • 2010 Apple Women in Engineering Scholar

Representative Publications:

  • Inducing Bystander Interventions During Robot Abuse with Social Mechanisms X. Z. Tan, M. Vázquez, E. J. Carter, C. G. Morales, A. Steinfeld Proc. of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2018.

  • Towards Robot Autonomy in Group Conversations: Understanding the Effects of Body Orientation and Gaze M. Vázquez, E. J. Carter, B. McDorman, J. Forlizzi, A. Steinfeld, S. E. Hudson Proc. of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2017.

  • Maintaining Awareness of the Focus of Attention of a Conversation: A Robot-Centric Reinforcement Learning Approach M. Vázquez, A. Steinfeld, S. E. Hudson Proc. of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2016.  Finalist of the Best Paper Award (Technology category) and the RSJ/KROS Distinguished Interdisciplinary Research Award

  • Parallel Detection of Conversational Groups of Free-Standing People and Tracking of their Lower-Body Orientation M. Vázquez, A. Steinfeld, S. E. Hudson Proc. of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015.

  • Spatial and Other Social Engagement Cues in a Child-Robot Interaction: Effects of a Sidekick M. Vázquez, A. Steinfeld, S. E. Hudson, J. Forlizzi Proc. of the 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2014.

  • An Assisted Photography Framework to Help Visually Impaired Users Properly Aim a Camera M. Vázquez, A. Steinfeld ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, v. 21, n. 5, p. 25:1-25:29, 2014.