Jean Oh is a Systems Scientist (research faculty) at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also affiliated with CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). Her research interests lie in the areas of AI in robotics that bridge multiple technical areas including vision, language understanding, and planning. She has been a Principal Investigator or co-PI on various government and industry projects, tackling challenging problems in AI and robotics. Notably, her team's work on socially compliant robot navigation recently won the Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'18) in Brisbane, Australia. Her team also won the same award in ICRA'15 in Seattle on the work on language understanding in robot navigation. Jean received her Ph.D. in Language and Information Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Computer Science at Columbia University, and B.S. in Biotechnology at Yonsei University.

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16-785: Integrated Intelligence in Robotics: Vision, Language, and Planning, Spring 2018, Spring 2019
16-995: Independent Study, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

August 8th, 2018. Brandon Trabucco from UC Berkeley, co-mentored by Ralph Hollis and myself, presented his work on detailed image captioning at the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) poster session. Brandon is definitely a student with many talents; he also performed "My Way" at the program's final ceremony. (photo: with another summer student, Kai-Chi Huang from UT Austin, and an RI PhD student, Roberto Shu.)

A. Vemula, K. Muelling, J. Oh. Social Attention: Modeling Attention in Human Crowds. In Proc. of IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Brisbane, Australia, 2018. (Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics) [ArXiv].

A. Boularias, F. Duvallet, J. Oh, and A. Stentz. Learning to ground spatial relations for outdoor robot navigation. In Proc. of IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, WA, 2015. (Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award). [pdf].