Yulun Zhang

Yulun Zhang

Master’s Student

University of Southern California

Biography

I am a master student majoring in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. I am currently working in Interactive and Collaborative Autonomous Robotics (ICAROS) lab at USC with Professor Stefanos Nikolaidis and Matt Fontaine. I am also working in Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory (RESL) at USC with Ryan Julian. My research interests include human-robot collaboration, evolutionary algorithms, and multi-task reinforcement learning.

Previously, I was working in the USC Interaction Lab with Dr.Matt Rueben on Socially Assistive Robotics as well as Professor William Halfond’s group on record and replay tools for Android.

Interests
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Reinforcement Learning
Education
  • MSc in Computer Science, 2022

    University of Southern California

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2021

    University of Southern California

Projects

LDD Genie
A software tool for prosecution attorneys to perform logical document determination (LDD) electronically.
LDD Genie
Skill Builder: A Simple Approach to Continual Learning for Manipulation
We show that storing skill policies, careful pre-training, and fine-tuning with on-policy re-inforcement learning (RL), are sufficient for building a continual manipulation skill learner.
Skill Builder: A Simple Approach to Continual Learning for Manipulation
pyribs
A bare-bones quality diversity (QD) optimization library. QD algorithm is a powerful alternative compared to single-objective optimization because it is able to search for a diverse set of solutions according to user-defined metrics. In this library we provide implementations of recent QD algorithms such as MAP-Elites and Covariance Matrix Adaptation MAP-Elites (CMA-ME).
pyribs
Socially Aware, Expressive, and Personalized Mobile Remote Presence: Co-Robots as Gateways to Access to K-12 In-School Education
We propose a mobile remote presence robot system that enables children who cannot go to school in person for social and medical reasons to access in-school education.
Socially Aware, Expressive, and Personalized Mobile Remote Presence: Co-Robots as Gateways to Access to K-12 In-School Education
RERAN+
We found a time-sensitive issue of RERAN, a record and replay tool for Android published in 2013. In this project we propose a new scheduling mechanism for RERAN that resolve the time-sensitive issue.
RERAN+

Publications

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(2021). Long-Term, in-the-Wild Study of Feedback about Speech Intelligibility for K-12 Students Attending Class via a Telepresence Robot. Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI ’21), October 18–22, 2021, Montréal, QC, Canada.

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(2021). On the Importance of Environments in Human-Robot Coordination. In Robotics: Science and Systems 2021.

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(2020). Towards Exploiting Geometry and Time for Fast Off-Distribution Adaptation in Multi-Task Robot Learning. In NeurIPS 2020 Workshop: Challenges of Real World Reinforcement Learning.

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(2020). Increasing Telepresence Robot Operator Awareness of Speaking Volume Appropriateness: Initial Model Development. Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.

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