Qualification material

Teams members

The team, RoboCanes, was incepted in January 2010 at the University of Miami in the USA under the supervision of Dr. Ubbo Visser. The team has designed, developed, and implemented its autonomous agent framework and software from the ground up in both the 3D Soccer Simulation League and the Soccer Standard Platform League, and it has evolved to a flexible research platform, that has contributed to over 40 publications over the years.

For RoboCup@Home, RoboCanes will team up with the VISAGE lab from FIU (Florida International University). The VISAGE lab is led by Dr. Christine Lisetti, a Faculty from the Computer Science Department at FIU who is one of the founders of the Affective Computing research field. Dr. Lisetti's group is known for its research on 3D Virtual Social Agents. We intent to combine both groups research effort to form a strong team aiming at using Toyota's HSR for the @Home DSPL competition in 2018.

Shengxin (Anthony) Luo is a Ph. D. student and Dean's Fellow at the University of Miami Computer Science department, where he has been since 2016 as an undergraduate student. He has extensive knowledge in mathematics and has been awarded both Departmental Honor of Mathematics and Outstanding Senior in Mathematics from the Math department at UM. He has been a researcher in the RoboCanes lab since 2019, and his current research tasks are to program autonomous robots to perform complex and stable motion planning by utilizing concepts from algebraic and differential geometry. He participated in RoboCup Sydney DSPL league competition and is the designated team leader for the upcoming RoboCup 2021. He was also involved in several publications by the RoboCanes research group.

Katarzyna Pasternak is pursuing a master's degree at University of Miami Computer Science Department as a part of an integrated BS/MS program. She entered the university in 2016 as a double major in computer science and international studies. As a part of Society of Women Engineers, she took part in many opportunities which allow for introducing middle school and high school females to the world of computing, engineering, and programming. During 2017 UHack competition she received recognition for her health application targeted towards colligate rowers and led to her internship with 8Base where she worked on database solutions. She joined RoboCanes lab in 2019, primarily focusing on natural language understanding and audio-based interaction. Currently she works on the human-robot interaction researching solution for improving semantic content of a conversation and integration of audio with visual lip and facial motions and cues.

Zishi Wu is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Miami Computer Science Department. He is interested in Data Science and has interned as a data analyst at Bupa, where he worked on business intelligence dashboards and predictive models for the insurance industry. He has been selected for a PRISM fellowship to TA students in Scientific Computing and enjoys helping students. He participated in RoboCup 2019 in Sydney, where he was responsible for training the Toyota HSR to recognize objects using YOLO. Currently, his focus has shifted to creating solutions that integrate audio and lip-syncing components for a virtual avatar that can serve as an interface for human-robot interaction.

Philip McKenna is a Masters Student Studying Computer Science at the University of Miami. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lynn University. His interests include machine learning and computer/robotic vision. Since joining RoboCanes in 2019, Philip has focused on improving the existing vision pipeline by enabling more efficient data generation for training.

Rahul Dass is a Computer Science Ph.D. student and U-LINK Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Miami. His doctoral dissertation centers around building trustworthy computer vision systems based on multidisciplinary research and understanding its implications for all citizens when deployed in society. More specifically, he is exploring deep learning models’ sensitivity and bias based on model visualizations and data augmentations including the multi-dimensionality of labels, geometrical and texture transformations of images. In combination with theories and methods from the social sciences, he is currently investigating the extent of systemic disparities within the Miami-Dade County criminal justice system and AI-based applications in Ophthalmology. Extending into robotics, he is developing a multi-modal (2D/3D) deep learning based robot vision pipeline for object recognition to be used in conjunction with other robotic tasks such as planning and manipulation.

Ubbo Visser is a computer science faculty and participated in the RoboCup community in various functions and teams since 2000. He started with the Soccer Simulation League (2D, 3D). He then founded more teams from the Bremen University in Germany (together with Thomas Roefer): The SSL team B-Smart and the German Team in the 4LL (also together with H.-D. Burkhard, Humboldt University Berlin). Since 2008, he works at the University of Miami where he founded the RoboCanes team. The team started with the 3D Soccer Simulation League and then moved to the SPL. The team is part of the @Home league (DSPL/HSR) community since 2018. He has taken an active role in the RoboCup community as member of TC, OC, Exec, and as a Trustee from 2007-2012 and 2018-present. He was Vice-President of RoboCup from 2018-2019. He co-organized RoboCup 2006 in Bremen.

Christine Lisetti's long-term research goal is to create digital and engaging socially intelligent agents that can interact naturally with humans via expressive multi-modalities in a variety of contexts involving socio-emotional content (e.g. empathetic health coach, social companion, cyber-therapy, intelligent tutoring system, serious/educational game). Her research therefore lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, affective computing (she co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing), artificial intelligence, emotion and personality theories, social communication, and of disciplines providing the socio-emotional content where VISAGEs can be particularly helpful (e.g. healthcare, education).

Former HSR Team members

  • Pedro Pena
  • Joseph Masterjohn
  • Lloyd Beaufils
  • Chloe Arluck
  • Michael Davis