Dr. Anca Dragan is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley. She runs the InterACT (Interactive Autonomy and Collaborative Technologies) Lab, which focuses on the (re)design of robotics algorithms for interaction and coordination with people. Anca got her PhD from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon in 2015 for her work on legible (goal-expressive) robot motion planning.

Since starting on the faculty at Berkeley in 2015, Anca’s research has focused on accounting for the influence that robot actions will have what people do in order to enhance coordination across autonomous driving and manipulation applications; on enabling robot transparency beyond motion goals; and on value alignment -- enabling robots to interactively learn the right objectives. Anca helped found and serves on the steering committee for the Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab, and is a co-Pi on the Center for Human-Compatible AI.

She has won an NSF CAREER award, the Okawa Foundation award, and was on MIT Tech Review's 35 innovators under 35 list. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, New Scientist, WIRED, IEEE Spectrum, and NPR.


Anca Dragan

Univers‍‍‍ity of California Berkeley



Richard Szeliski

Facebook Research

Richard Szeliski is a Research Scientist in the Computational Photography group at Facebook, which he founded in 2015. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, and is a member of the NAE and a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE. Dr. Szeliski has done pioneering research in the fields of Bayesian methods for computer vision, image-based modeling, image-based rendering, and computational photography, which lie at the intersection of computer vision and computer graphics. His research on Photo Tourism, Photosynth, and Hyperlapse are exciting examples of the promise of large-scale image and video-based rendering.

Dr. Szeliski received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in 1988 and joined Facebook as founding Director of the Computational Photography group in 2015. Prior to Facebook, he worked at Microsoft Research for twenty years, the Cambridge Research Lab of Digital Equipment Corporation for six years, and several other industrial research labs. He has published over 150 research papers in computer vision, computer graphics, neural nets, and numerical analysis, as well as the books Computer Vision: Algorithms and Applications and Bayesian Modeling of Uncertainty in Low-Level Vision. He was a Program Committee Chair for CVPR'2013 and ICCV'2003, served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision, and as Founding Editor of Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision.‍‍‍

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