Active & Interactive Robotics Lab

At the Active & Interactive Robotics Lab (A.I.R. Lab) we want to bring robots closer to people!

We conduct research on human-robot interaction (HRI) from a multidisciplinary perspective, adopting methodologies from robot control, machine learning, and human factors.

We are interested in understanding how humans interact with robots, and how to improve robot control with respect to diverse interaction scenarios. We analyze the interaction from physical aspects (e.g. maintaining physical safety and user ergonomics) and social aspects (e.g. perception, acceptance, ethics). In particular, we are interested in using these aspects within the control of the robots so that they can perform their tasks actively and efficiently, while being socially acceptable.

Our ultimate goal is to have robots seamlessly and intelligently interact with people in diverse environments including but not limited to manufacturing, home (e.g. cooking, cleaning), and long-term care institutions. The robots we utilize consist mainly of collaborative robot arms, wheeled mobile robots, and humanoid robots.

Latest News

December 6th, 2022 - The IEEE-RAS Technical Committe on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics, of which Prof. Hu is a co-chair, is organizing a series of seminar Talks on Model-based Optimization and Optimal Control. They are recorded and available on the YouTube Channel of the TC.  Stay tuned for the upcoming talks by following their Twitter account or their website!

November 28th, 2022 - Prof. Hu and Prof. Mombaur are co-organizing the workshop "Advanced in Close-Proximity Human-Robot Collaboration" at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics in Okinawa, Japan! Check the website.

October 14th, 2022 - We are organizing a robotics hackathon for young women! The RoboArt Hackathon event is taking place Nov. 4 - 6! if you are interested in robotics and don't know where to start, this is the perfect venue! You will work in teams on a robotic project on a 3 days hackathon journey. For registration and more details, check the website!

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Interested in our research?

We are continuously looking for motivated students to join our team! Currently considering applications from students at all levels:

  • Undergraduate: URA (Undergraduate Research Assistant), Co-op (USRA - Undergraduate Student Research Awards), or if you want to volunteer!
  • FYDP/Capstone: reach me out if you think I can help and/or advise your team! Available also to provide ideas for potential projects.
  • MASc and PhD: please contact me directly. If you are a domestic applicant, if eligible, please apply to scholarships such as OGS and NSERC CGS. If you are an international applicant, your application will be subject to available funding.
  • Postdoc: please contact me directly.

Contact Prof. Yue Hu if you are interested in any of the projects listed in this website or doing research in topics including (but not limited to): human-robot interaction, optimal control applied to robotics, collaborative robotics, humanoid robotics, human motion analysis.