Maya Cakmak

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I’m a fifth year Ph.D. student in Robotics at Georgia Tech. I am a member of the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab and my advisor is Dr. Andrea L. Thomaz. I am a former member of the Kovan Research Lab where I did my M.Sc. thesis with Dr. Erol Sahin. I received my M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. I have a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a minor degree in Mechatronics from METU.

The goal of my research is to enable end-users to program new capabilities on general-purpose personal robots. In particular, I am interested in Learning from Demonstration (LfD) in which the user programs new behaviors by providing demonstrations. My thesis work develops mechanisms for guiding the demonstrator through LfD interactions with robots, in order to make the interaction more efficient and effective when the demonstrator is a non-expert user. This includes mechanisms such as teaching instructions or questions from the robot.