Ali Ayub completed his undergraduate studies in Pakistan before moving to the United States for his graduate studies. He worked on cognitively-inspired robotics at Penn State during his PhD, and wanted to continue to expand his work towards household robotics applications. Ali’s PhD advisor told him about the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Lab (SIRRL) at University of Waterloo. After interviewing with his new supervisor Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn and learning that her lab had just purchased a new robot for use in household applications, it became clear that UWaterloo was a great fit for his research interests. Ali joined the postdoc community here in July of 2021.
Ali’s research goal is to develop autonomous robots that can assist the elderly and people with disabilities in their daily lives. For these robots to become fully autonomous, they must adapt to the ever changing needs and environments of their respective users. Thus, in his postdoctoral research, Ali is working on developing AI techniques that can allow autonomous robots to learn from past experiences, such that these robots can be tailored to the needs of their respective users.