Welcome to the Human-inspired Robotics (HiRo) Lab!

We design Teleoperation Interface and Robot Autonomy compatible with the Perception-Action Coupling of human motor control. Our on-going projects include:

  • Shared Autonomous Nursing Robots
  • Perception-Action Coupling in Robot Teleoperation
  • Teleoperation Interface and Assistive Robot Autonomy

We are located on Room 224 at 85 Prescott, a short 10-minute walk from WPI main campus area. Feel free to visit!

Lab Director

Prospective Students

  • We have several projects open to perspective PhD students and MS students who are looking for thesis topics. Please refer to the list of projects on tele-nursing robot for detailed information.
  • We have NSF NRT Fellowships for Perspective PhD students who are US citizens. Check the FORW-RD NRT Program for detailed information.


  • 2021-03-01 Congratulations to two papers accepted by ICRA 2021
    • Tsung-Chi Lin, Achyuthan Unni Krishnan and Zhi Li, “How People Use Active Telepresence Cameras in Tele-manipulation”, accepted by IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2021. [paper abstract]
    • Alexandra Valiton, Hannah Baez, Naomi Harrison, Justine Roy, and Zhi Li, “Active Telepresence Assistance for Supervisory Control: A User Study with a Multi-Camera Tele-Nursing Robot”, accepted by IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2021. [paper abstract]
  • 2020-08-19 Receive NSF National Robotics Initiative (NRI) award
    • NSF Award#2024802 “Collaborative Research: NRI: INT: Transparent and Intuitive Teleoperation Interfaces for the Future Nursing Robots and Workers”, PI: Jane Li, Co-PI: Cagdas Onal, Jie Fu, Jeanine Skorinko and Yunus Telliel; $731,329, 2020/09/01-2023/08/31, in collaboration with the Nursing Department of Worcester State University,. The three year continuing project is jointly funded by NSF and NIOSH/CDC. (see the NSF award and CDC media release).
  • 2020-08-18 Congratulations to Achyuthan Krishnan’s Master thesis defense! 
  • 2020-06-30 Congratulations to Sam, Keion and Michael’s paper with IROS 2020
  • 2020-06-01 Congratulations to two papers published with ICRA 2020
  • 2020-01-12 Congratulations to Mike Twardowski‘s defense! First PhD student from HiRo Lab.
  • 2019-11-26 Congratulations to Hideyuki Kimpara and Kenechukwu Mbanisi’s journal publication
  • 2019-08-20 Received NSF grant
  • 2019-06-20 Congratulations to TC Lin and Achyuthan‘s paper accepted by IROS 2019
  • 2019-04-26 Congratulations to Heramb Nemlekar‘s thesis defense!
  • 2019-01-25 Congratulations to Heramb and Dharini’s paper accepted by ICRA 2019
    • Heramb Nemlekar, Dharini Dutia, Zhi Li, “Object Transfer Point Estimation for Fluent Human-Robot Handovers”, in 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 2627-2633. IEEE, 2019. PDF
  • 2018-06-29 Congratulations to Kene’s paper accepted by IROS 2018