Nhan Tran

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

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. 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 am investigating how cognitive science research can inform the computational model for a more naturalistic human-agent teaming and developing adaptive AI applications that augment human capabilities. You can find brief descriptions of my projects below or in the Research and Resume pages.

Besides learning and being curious in the classrooms and research labs, I usually hang out at the Linux User Group tinkering with systems, Mines Robotics Club shouting “It’s alive!!!“, or in coffee houses with friends trying new herbal teas like Kermit the Frog! Coffee is not my cup of tea. 🙂


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