Uthman Tijani

Uthman Tijani

Ph.D. Student



Hello! I’m Uthman Tijani, and I joined the RARE Lab in August 2023. I hold a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria (FUTA). My research interests lie in robotics, human-robot interaction (HRI), artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR).

I am currently working on developing an augmented reality (AR) technology called fog screen, which allows in-the-air projection for robots to communicate with humans in environments that lack projectable surfaces.

— 12/16/2023


Uthman Tijani and Zhao Han

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

2024 International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed-Reality for Human-Robot Interactions at HRI 2024


Uthman Tijani, Hong Wang, and Zhao Han

Towards Reproducible Language-Based HRI Experiments: Open-Sourcing a Generalized Experiment Project

2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)


61.3% acceptance rate (Short Contribution)


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.

VAM-HRI 2024 Acceptance and Keynote

Two papers were accepted to the VAM-HRI 2024 workshop! Congrats to Hong Wang, Tammy Do, and Uthman Tijani!

Dr. Zhao Han will also give a keynote to the workshop!

2024 CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshops

Congrats to Hong Wang and Uthman Tijani for acceptance to 2024 CRA-WP Grad Cohort Wokshops for Women and IDEALS (respectively)! They will build mentoring relationships and peer networks there to benefit their Ph.D. career and beyond, as well as balance the power inequality in CS.

End-of-Fall-2023 Lab Lunch

We just had our end-of-semester lab lunch at Bahama Breeze. What a breeze in Florida!

HRI 2024 Short

RARE Lab’s first paper was accepted to HRI 2024: “Towards Reproducible Language-Based HRI Experiments: Open-Sourcing a Generalized Experiment Project“. Congrats to Uthman Tijani and Hong Wang!!

First Lab Lunch

We just had our first lab lunch at Hong BBQ & Hot Pot in Tampa!

First Submission

RARE Lab’s first submission is out, led by Uthman Tijani and Hong Wang!

Uthman Tijani and Hong Wang joined the RARE Lab as PhD students. Welcome!