Project Team

Principle Investigators

Selma Šabanović

Selma Sabanovic is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. She studies the influence of social and cultural factors on the design of robots in the US and Japan, as well as how theories of social cognition can be developed and evaluated through human-robot interaction. Selma is an experienced interviewer and has performed more than 40 interviews with roboticists, as well as participant observation of work in robotics labs. She was a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. She is currently co-director of the R-House Living Lab for Human-Robot Interaction Research. Selma has published in the social studies of science and technology, human-robot interaction, and robotics. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007.

Staša Milojević

Staša Milojević is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington. Staša's research focuses on studying how modern scientific disciplines/fields form, organize and develop. She approaches modern scientific fields/disciplines as complex heterogeneous socio-cultural networks of people, ideas, documents and institutions. In large-scale longitudinal studies of fields such as nanotechnology she combines models, theories and methods from information science, science and technology studies, and social network analysis. Staša is the co-director of the Semantic Web Lab at Indiana University. She is also a co-founder and chair-elect of American Society for Information Science and Technology's Special Interest Group on Metrics. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009.

Peter Asaro

Peter Asaro is an Assistant Professor at The New School University's Department of Media Studies and Film. His research focuses on the philosophy of science, technology, and the media and includes academic scholarship, documentary film-making, and technological and artistic projects. Peter has done historical studies of cybernetics, as well as in engineering ethics, social and emotional robotics, and new media communication technologies. As a Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Peter filmed the scientific practices of scientists at the European Space Agency. His research is also informed by his involvement in digital media design projects with the Virtual Environments Group at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), the Advanced and Interactive Displays Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and more recently, he joined the natural language interface design team for the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine (winner of the 2010 SXSW Web Interactive Award for Technical Achievement). He earned his PhD in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, and Master of Computer Science degree, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held fellowships at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, the Digital Humanities HUMlab at Umeå University in Sweden, and the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.

Peter Corke

Peter Corke is a professor of robotics at Queensland Institute of Technology, and before that a senior principle research scientist at CSIRO Australia. He is editor in chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation magazine, a fellow of the IEEE and an officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research, and has held visiting positions at U. Penn, UIUC, CMU and Oxford. Corke received his PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1995. He has an abiding interest in technological history and is a key instigator of the robotics history project.

Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and was co-editor the Springer Handbook of Robotics. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served the Robotics and Automation Society as a Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the Administrative Committee. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development.

Research Assistants

Zan Morris

Zan is a fifth year senior in Informatics, focusing in Computer Science, along with a minor in Math. He is soon to graduate and is set to become a first year Graduate student studying Human Computer Interaction at Indiana University. Simply a nerd at heart, his interests currently include game development and robotics. Outside of school he spends altogether too much time listening to music or reading Fantasy novels.

Amanda Ogden

Amanda is a junior at Indiana University studying Informatics and business, as well as getting a HCC minor. She actively participates within the SoIC, being a student ambassador and working with the Career Services department, as well on campus in Greek Life and research. She is a Dave Matthews Band fanatic and loves live music. She also loves being a part of this team and researching roboticists around the world.