Yuchen   Cui


PhD Student

Department of Computer Science
University of Texas at Austin

About Me

I am currently a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin. I am working with Professor Scott Niekum in the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL). My research interest is in Robotics and Human Robot Interaction. My research goal is to develop algorithms that enable robots to learn efficiently through intelligent interaction with humans. Outside of research, I enjoy taking photos, drawing and dogs.



  • RoboCup@Home Domestic Standard Platform League - 3rd Place, July 2017 As a member of the UT Austin Villa@Home team, I worked on the 3D perception and manipulation modules for enabling the Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR) to perform various tasks including storing groceries from a table into a cupboard and setting up a table with user-defined items.
  • Intel-Cornell Cup - 2nd Place, May 2015 As a member of team Guardian Angel, I worked on designing both the hardware and software for enabling an UAV equipped with infrared and ultrasonic sensors to track a human user, who is wearing a helmet with beacons, for video recording purpose.

Teaching Experience

  • University of Texas at Austin

    • TA for CS343: "Artificial Intelligence"
    • TA for CS313E: "Elements of Software Design"
  • Purdue University

    • TA for CS159: "Programming Applications for Engineers"
    • TA for ECE364: "Software Engineering Tools Lab"
    • TA for ECE337: "ASIC Design Laboratory"

Class Projects