News

Postdoc Opening
May 5, 2014

We are seeking applicants for Postdoctoral Researcher to assist and contribute to several projects related to Robot Learning from Demonstration. This is position will remain open until filled, find more details here.

Tesca wins an NSF Fellowship!
April 1, 2014

Tesca Fitzgerald has been awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Tesca is a first year CS PhD student with an interest in Cognitive Robotics and Learning from Demonstration. Congrats!!


Vivian wins a Google Anita Borg Scholarship!
March 24, 2014

Vivian Chu has been awarded the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Vivian is a first year Robotics PhD student with an interest in visio-tactile representations of manipulation skills, and learning these through exploration and social guidance. Congrats!

Gielniak, IJRR Vol 32, No 11
Oct 1, 2013

Michael's thesis work on Humanlike Motion Generation is now published in the International Journal of Robotics Research. Congrats Michael!


Congrats Professor Maya
Sept 3, 2013

SIM Lab alum Maya Cakmak is a new Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Big congrats to Maya!

Welcome new PhD students!
August 19, 2013

Summer is over, and that means the new PhD students are here! We are excited to have four new faces in the lab this year, and everyone is already off to a running start. Welcome Justin, Kalesha, Tesca and Vivian!


Quoted in the NYTimes
March 31, 2013

In a recent New York Times interview, Henrik Christensen and Andrea Thomaz discussed gentler industrial robots. Designed with sophisticated algorithms and sensing technologies, these robots work and play well with others.

Simon's Cousin delivered!
March 28, 2013

It's here! Very excited to start playing with our new mobile manipulation platform from Meka Robotics. Stay tuned for more from Simon's, yet to be named, cousin.



Contact Information

  • Contact Andrea Thomaz with inquiries about the SIM research lab.
  • Media inquiries, please contact the College of Computing's communications office.
  • Apply to Georgia Tech:

    Typically students working in the Socially Intelligent Machines lab are in the CS or Robotics PhD programs, some have been ECE PhD students as well. If you are interested in working on some exciting Human-Robot Interaction problems for your graduate studies apply to one of these programs this Fall. Additionally, it is a good idea to send Prof. Thomaz an email with your CV and statement of purpose as it relates to the group.

  • Prospective Graduate Research Assistants:

    The best way to start working with the SIM lab and to eventually become a GRA is to take Prof. Thomaz's graduate course, or to work with her on an indepenedent study problem. Current or incoming students interested in an independent study project should contact Dr. Thomaz, and include the following: 1) What is your interest in Social Machines? 2) What is your current status at Georgia Tech? 3) Your cv/resume.

  • Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants:

    We are always looking for hardworking undergraduates interested in doing a UROC project in our group. Please contact Dr. Thomaz by email if you are looking for research experience through the UROC program.