Reality, Autonomy, and Robot Experience (RARE) Lab

Mission

Our mission is to tackle the grand challenges to bring and retain robots’ benefits to our society by designing and evaluating understandable robot interactions and capable robotic systems.

Vision

We envision an era of robots that provide superior robot experiences for humans to interact, collaborate, team up, and live with.

News

Undergraduate student James Ocampo has joined the RARE Lab and will work at the intersection of augmented reality and robotics. Welcome!

2024 CRA-WP DREU

Congrats to Adrian Lozada for participation in the CRA-WP Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)! With the stipend and travel funding, Adrian will be mentored by Dr. Zhao Han this summer in the RARE lab.

2024 OneUSF Undergraduate Research Conference

Congrats to Tammy Do and Liam Ha for presenting their work on robots for mental health at the 2024 OneUSF Undergraduate Research Conference!

IEEE VR 2024

RARE Lab went to the top VR/AR conference—IEEE VR ’24! Hong Wang presented a poster submission on clarifying a robot’s physical vision capability.

HRI 2024

After just six months, RARE Lab started strong at HRI 2024! Uthman Tijani, Hong Wang, and Xiangfei Kong presented the lab’s works [1, 2, 3]. Dr. Zhao Han gave a keynote.

USF Innovation Fest

RARE Lab participated Innovation Fest outreach event! Hong Wang showcased our research on indicating a robot’s vision capability with a Pepper robot.

Research

Research focuses on interdisciplinary human-robot interaction (HRI), involving robotics, augmented reality (AR), AI, cognitive science, and psychology… See Research Overview →

Recent Publications

Do Results in Experiments with Virtual Robots in Augmented Reality Transfer To Physical Robots? An Experiment Design

Do Results in Experiments with Virtual Robots in Augmented Reality Transfer To Physical Robots? An Experiment Design

WYSD 2024
Prototyping Mid-Air Display for Anywhere Robot Communication With Projected Spatial AR

Prototyping Mid-Air Display for Anywhere Robot Communication With Projected Spatial AR

VAM-HRI 2024
To Understand Indicators of Robots’ Vision Capabilities

To Understand Indicators of Robots’ Vision Capabilities

VAM-HRI 2024
Designing Indicators to Show a Robot’s Physical Vision Capability

Designing Indicators to Show a Robot’s Physical Vision Capability

IEEE VR 2024 Poster