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 machine learning applications in robotics, especially for at-home tasks. My research goal is to develop algorithms that enable robots to efficiently learn from not only demonstrations, but also intelligent interactions with humans.

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  • RoboCup@Home Domestic Standard Platform League - 3rd Place, July 2017 Our team - UT Austin Villa - participated in the Robocup@Home league held in Nagoya, Japan. Our HSR robot, named Zilker, competed in tasks including storing groceries, question answering, setting up a table and person following. [video]
  • Intel-Cornell Cup - 2nd Place, May 2015 Our project - Guardian Angel - aims at allowing a patient under physical therapy to communicate their everyday exercises with a distant therapist. Our proposed solution is to use an UAV equipped with infrared and ultrasonic sensors to track and video-record the user/patient as they exercise. The user will wear a safety helmet equipped with beacons for localization 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