News and Recent Papers

Z. Erickson*, Y. Gu*, and C. C. Kemp, “Assistive VR Gym: Using Interactions with Real People to Improve Virtual Assistive Robots”, IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 2020.

Z. Erickson, E. Xing, B. Srirangam, S. Chernova, and C. C. Kemp, “Multimodal Material Classification for Robots using Spectroscopy and High Resolution Texture Imaging”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020.

Z. Erickson, V. Gangaram, A. Kapusta, C. K. Liu, and C. C. Kemp, “Assistive Gym: A Physics Simulation Framework for Assistive Robotics”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2020.

Z. Erickson, H. M. Clever, V. Gangaram, G. Turk, C. K. Liu, and C. C. Kemp, “Multidimensional Capacitive Sensing for Robot-Assisted Dressing and Bathing”, IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2019. (Best Student Paper Award)

Z. Erickson, N. Luskey, S. Chernova, and C. C. Kemp, “Classification of Household Materials via Spectroscopy”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2019. (presented at ICRA 2019) (Best Paper Award in Service Robotics finalist at IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2019))

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

I am a Robotics PhD student at Georgia Tech working with Charlie Kemp in the Healthcare Robotics Lab. My research encompasses assistive robotics, haptics, physics-based simulation, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. I am interested in enabling robots to more intelligently interact with and assist humans, and I am pursuing a mix of haptic perception, physics simulation, 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 recently served as the President for RoboGrads, a robotics graduate student organization at Georgia Tech. Previously I was also 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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