Prof. Tunik and his colleagues received a grant from the NSF

Researchers Gene Tunik and Matthew Yarossi, conduct research in Robinson 404 on Sept. 23, 2019. The researchers received a grant to study how humans coordinate handing objects to one another, and use that information to train robots to be able to coordinate handoffs with humans just as seamlessly. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

“We want the robots to act more like a human collaborator,” says Tunik, who is a Professor of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science and Associate Dean of Research & Innovation in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. “To get robots and humans to be able to infer each other’s intent, and then act proactively to decipher that intent, and be able to seamlessly pass objects back and forth.”

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