I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Robotics Lab within the Department of Computer Science at Yale University.
My advisor is Brian Scassellati.

I'm interested in machine learning techniques applied to robotics, with a particular focus on reinforcement learning. I have started to look at these in the context of human-robot collaboration. In this scenario, I am regarding the human as an agent in the system, and the robot as a learner that needs to adapt to both the task and the human agent.

Before coming to Yale, I completed a Master of Engineering from the University of Bristol. Take a look at my CV for more details.

Elena Corina Grigore
Call me Corina!
Yale University

Yale University

Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science

Yale Engineering

University of Bristol

University of Bristol

University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

My passion in research is to apply machine learning techniques to the field of robotics in order to create autonomous robots capable of learning useful behaviors in dynamic environments. In order to achieve the wide array of functionalities we want robots to have in the future, we need to come up with dependable ways of applying learning techniques that make it possible for the robot to learn from both the people it interacts with and its environment.

From this standpoint, I am interested in applying reinforcement learning techniques capable of mapping inputs like motion capture system data or camera images to actions the robot should take at each level of a given task. Applying such techniques to complex tasks encountered in the real world, involving continuous state and action spaces, involves considerable challenges, especially when considering human-in-the-loop scenarios.

Publications

Here is a list of my publications, in reverse chronological order (14 - 1):

Teaching

As a graduate student at Yale, I have assisted in teaching the following courses:

Period Course Code Course Title Instructor Capacity
Fall 2015 CPSC 437/537 Mathematical Tools for Computer Science Dana Angluin Teaching Fellow
Spring 2015 CPSC 472/572 Intelligent Robotics Brian Scassellati Teaching Fellow
Fall 2014 CPSC 437/537 Mathematical Tools for Computer Science Dana Angluin Teaching Fellow
Spring 2014 CPSC 473/573 Intelligent Robotics Lab Brian Scassellati Teaching Fellow
Fall 2013 CPSC 472/572 Intelligent Robotics Lab Brian Scassellati Teaching Fellow

Other teaching and mentoring:

Outreach

Throughout my time at Yale, I have been involved with several outreach activities:

Skills

Programming Languages Software / IDEs Robotics Platforms

Personal

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