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-Vision Coupling in Active Telepresence
  • Ergonomic Teleoperation Interface and 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


  • 2020-08-19 Receive NSF National Robotics Initiative (NRI) award
    • “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). The interdisciplinary project is in collaboration with the Nursing Department of Worcester State University.
  • 2020-08-18 Congratulations to Achyuthan Krishnan’s Master thesis defense! 
  • 2020-06-01 Congratulations to two papers published with ICRA 2020
    • Tsung-Chi Lin, Achyuthan Unni Krishnan and Zhi Li, “Shared Autonomous Interface for Reducing Physical Effort in Robot Teleoperation via Human Motion Mapping”, in 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2020. PDF
    • Alexandra Valiton and Zhi Li, “Perception-Action Coupling in Usage of Telepresence Cameras”,  in 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).  Finalist of Best Paper for Human-Robot Interaction PDF
  • 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