News and Recent Papers

My research recently received some national media coverage. Georgia Tech Press Release

Z. Erickson, N. Luskey, S. Chernova, and C. C. Kemp, “Classification of Household Materials via Spectroscopy”, 2018.

Z. Erickson, H. M. Clever, G. Turk, C. K. Liu, and C. C. Kemp, “Deep Haptic Model Predictive Control for Robot-Assisted Dressing”, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018.

Z. Erickson, M. Collier, A. Kapusta, and C. C. Kemp, “Tracking Human Pose During Robot-Assisted Dressing using Single-Axis Capacitive Proximity Sensing”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2018.

Z. Erickson, S. Chernova, and C. C. Kemp, “Semi-Supervised Haptic Material Recognition for Robots using Generative Adversarial Networks”, 1st Annual Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL 2017), 2017.

I am a Robotics PhD student at Georgia Tech working with Charlie Kemp in the Healthcare Robotics Lab. My research encompasses assistive robotics, haptics, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. I am interested in enabling robots to more intelligently interact with and assist humans, and I am pursuing both haptic perception and data-driven learning approaches to reach these goals. I often work with Karen Liu, Greg Turk, and Sonia Chernova, towards these goals.

I have previously studied at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where I received degrees in both computer science and mathematics. In September 2016 I attended the 4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum! I’ve been able to participate in the SURE Robotics program at Georgia Tech where I worked with Professor Charlie Kemp on assistive robotics. I have also participated in the TRUST REU program at UC Berkeley where I was advised by Professor Dawn Song and employed machine learning techniques to improve wearable device security.

I also strive to share my passion for education and robotics with younger students and the community. I am a mentor for the Biomedical Robotics Club at Georgia Tech where I help over 50 undergraduate students learn about assistive robotics and how to design and build assistive devices for people with impairments. In addition, I am currently the President for RoboGrads, a robotics graduate student organization at Georgia Tech. Previously I was the Vice President for Outreach within RoboGrads, where I organized tours and outreach events for over 30 robotics labs on Georgia Tech’s campus.

Throughout my undergraduate education I remained a mentor for numerous high school FIRST Robotics teams and today I am a judge for middle school FIRST LEGO League competitions. I am also an avid rock climber and love to practice yoga in the mornings.

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