Utah Robotics welcomes Dr. Tucker Hermans as Assistant Professor in the School of Computing. Dr. Hermans received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics from Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing in 2014. He worked under the supervision of Aaron Bobick and Jim Rehg in the Computational Perception Laboratory. Shortly before joining the University of Utah, Dr. Hermans was a postdoctoral researcher in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems lab at Technische UniversitÓ“t Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. There, he worked with Jan Peters on tactile manipulation and robot learning, while serving as the team leader at TUDa for the European Commission project TACMAN.

Dr. Hermans’ research focuses on autonomous learning and perception for robot manipulation for use in the real world. His research aims to deploy robots as assistants to humans in their daily lives and as surrogates for humans in dangerous environments. He is particularly interested in enabling robots to autonomously discover and manipulate objects with which they have no previous knowledge or experience.

For more information about Dr. Hermans, visit his research website.