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.AI, Facebook, Google 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
Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab
Graduate Research Assistant / Masters Thesis
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Production Engineer Intern
NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Lab
Software Engineer Intern
Google Nest Labs
Software Engineer Intern
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
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
Adapting Mixed Reality Robot Communication to Mental Workload
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.
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
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
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