Our mission is to enable robots to improve the quality of life of people with mobility limitations by assisting them with activities of daily living (ADLs). In our lab, we seek solutions to the fundamental research question on how to leverage robot-world physical and social interactions in unstructured human environments to perform relevant ADLs.

EmPRISE lab is a part of the Department of Computer Science in the Computing and Information Science at Cornell University. We are a full-stack robotics lab leveraging tools from sensing, perception, planning, learning, and control to provide intelligent autonomy. Our projects delve deep into human-robot interaction, haptic perception, robot manipulation, and tactile sensing. We are not only passionate about developing algorithms that solve fundamental problems in these domains but also strongly believe in developing real robotic systems, deploying them in the real world, and evaluating them with real users.

Recent News

September 2021
Big Red ADAPT (Michael, Maya, Austin, Michell), a group that works on developing accessible battery-operated toys for children with disabilities and advised by Tapo, wins the Best Hardware Hack Prize in Big Red Hacks, the largest student run hackathon at Cornell University.

September 2021
Tapo gave an invited talk on "Building Caregiving Robots" at the CS Lunch and Learn Seminar at Cornell University

September 2021
Tapo gave an Invited talk on Leveraging Physical Interactions to Enable Robotic Assistive Care at the AI Seminar at Cornell University

September 2021
Tapo co-organized a workshop on RoboTac21: New Advances in Tactile Sensation, Interactive Perception, Control, and Learning - A Soft Robotic Perspective on Grasp, Manipulation, & HRI in IROS 2021

July 2021
Tapo gave an invited talk on "Building Caregiving Robots" in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital

July 2021
Our lab has officially started the journey with three amazing Ph. D. students - Rishabh Madan, Rajat Kumar Jenamani, and Jan Ondras, and a star undergraduate research intern - Ruolin Ye!

May 2021
Tapo served as a chair of Assistive and Rehab Robotics: Machine Learning paper session in ICRA 2021

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