Nhan Tran

Robotics Software Engineer at Robust.AI | Human Robot Interaction Researcher | AR/VR Enthusiast
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Hi there!

I am Nhan Tran (sounds like “Nyun”). I’m currently a research engineer working on robotics perception and human-robot interaction at Robust AI. Previously, I interned, learned, and collaborated with the amazing teams at Robust.AIFacebookGoogle Nest, and NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

I recently graduated with a masters thesis in Computer Science + Robotics and Intelligent Systems from Colorado School of Mines, advised by Dr. Tom Williams. Last year, I was selected as one of the HRI Pioneers 2020 cohort, a highly competitive doctoral workshop at the top venue for Human-Robot Interaction research. After graduation, I kept in touch with the research community by serving as a reviewer for the HRI conferences (2021, 2022) and the Web Chair for HRI 2021.

My current research interests include assistive technology, robotics visualization and simulation, and the applications of mixed reality in interactive human-robot collaboration.

Research and INdustry Experience

Robust AI

Software Engineer

Present

Research Intern

Summer 2020

Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab

Graduate Research Assistant / Masters Thesis

 
Summer 2020

Undergraduate Research Assistant

2017-2018

Facebook

Production Engineer Intern

Summer 2019

NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Lab

Software Engineer Intern

Summer 2018

Google Nest Labs

Software Engineer Intern

Summer 2017

Selected Publications

For a full list of publications, please visit my Google Scholars page.

What’s The Point? Tradeoffs Between Effectiveness and Social Perception When Using Mixed Reality to Enhance Gesturally Limited Robots

Jared Hamilton* and Thao Phung* and Nhan Tran and Tom Williams
ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction | HRI 2021

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Get This! ⇓ Mixed Reality Improves Robot Communication Regardless of Mental Workload

Nhan Tran and Trevor Grant and Thao Phung and Leanne Hirshfield and Christopher Wickens and Tom Williams
ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction | Late-Breaking Reports | HRI LBRs 2021

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Adapting Mixed Reality Robot Communication to Mental Workload

Nhan Tran
Proceedings of the HRI Pioneers Workshop* at the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction | HRI 2020
*HRI Pioneers is a premiere forum for graduate students in HRI. Each year, the workshop brings together a cohort of the world’s top student researchers and provides the opportunity for students to present and discuss their work with distinguished student peers and senior scholars in the field.

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Mixed Reality Deictic Gesture for Multi-Modal Robot Communication

Tom Williams, Matthew Bussing, Sebastian Cabroll, Elizabeth Boyle, Nhan Tran
ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction | HRI 2019

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Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality Enabling of Robot Deixis

Tom Williams, Nhan Tran, Josh Rands and Neil T. Dantam
VAMR/HCI International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality | VAMR, 2018

 

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A Hands-Free Virtual-Reality Teleoperation Interface for Wizard-of-Oz Control

Nhan Tran and Josh Rands and Tom Williams
1st International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for HRI, VAM-HRI 2018

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Robots built

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I have written in more detail about these and other side projects here. https://www.trannhan.com/projects/

Creative side