New Papers
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, 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 also 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 the Vice President for Outreach within RoboGrads, a robotics graduate student organization at Georgia Tech. As the VP for Outreach, I organize 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.