Nhan Tran

Engineer by Day, Tinkerer by Night | CS Student & Graduate Teaching Fellow| Human Robot Interaction Researcher

Hi there!

Hello!! I am Nhan Tran, a master’s student in Computer Science + Robotics and Intelligent Systems at Colorado School of Mines. I am advised by Dr. Tom Williams I’m thrilled to be selected as one of the HRI Pioneers 2020 cohort, a highly competitive doctoral workshop at the top venue for Human-Robot Interaction research.

My research interests are Extended Reality (XR) and Human-Robot Interaction/Teaming (including ubiquitous intelligent systems such as decision support system, autonomous vehicles, UAVs, or multimodal sensor technologies). Currently, I am researching computational models for adaptive augmentation, where the way in which information is communicated to human teammates is adapted on the fly based on their cognitive load and mental states. To achieve this, I am utilizing the humanoid Pepper robot, the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset, and the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) non-invasive brain imaging device. More broadly, I aspire to design naturalistic human-agent teaming experiences and adaptive technologies that augment human capabilities.

In the past several summers, I learned, researched, and collaborated with the amazing teams at Google Nest, NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Facebook.

Besides learning and researching, I usually hang out with the Linux User Group tinkering with computer systems, with the Mines Robotics Club shouting “It’s alive!!!“, or with the Mines Swing and Waltz teams looking for new places to dance from highly waxed hallway in the grocery stores to the shiny wooden floor in the ballroom!


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Creative side
  • When not coding, I enjoy making videos with friends and playing around with movie special effects. As former captain of Mines Robotics Club, I also captured various moments of my team building robots and competing in collegiate robotics tournaments.