Emmanuel Senft

Researcher in Human-Robot Interaction


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Research Mission

To develop human-centered robotic tools for end-users to design effective robot behaviors in situ; to explore how to deploy robots in human environments with high cost of failure, large variability of tasks, and real-world application; and to enable robots to be used by anyone to positively impact our society.


I am currently Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) in Human-Robot Interaction at the University of Wisconsin Madison, working with Prof. Bilge Mutlu and Prof. Mike Gleicher on a NASA ULI project to develop new methods for collaborative robotics for aircraft manufacturing.

Before this position, I received my PhD at the University of Plymouth under the supervision of Prof. Tony Belpaeme, Prof. Paul Baxter, and Prof. Séverin Lemaigan where I researched and developed interactive machine learning systems for robots interacting socially with humans. I developed SPARC (Supervised Progressively Autonomous Robot Competencies), a framework of interaction allowing humans to teach robots to interact socially in the real world.

Over summer 2019, I was working at ATR with a JSPS Summer Fellowship with Prof. Takayuki Kanda and Dr. Satoru Satake on robotic navigation in dense human environments.

Until April 2019, I was working as a Research Fellow at Plymouth University on the EU FP7 DREAM Project, which aimed to develop new Robot-Enhanced Therapies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I obtained my Master of Science in Microengineering from EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in 2013.


Emmanuel Senft
email: esenft@wisc.edu