Nadia Figueroa

I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Interactive Robotics Group at MIT CSAIL advised by Prof. Julie Shah. I obtained a PhD in Robotics from EPFL, under the supervision of Prof. Aude Billard at the LASA lab. Prior to PhD studies, I spent time exploring different robotics and computer-vision related research topics at the DLR's (German Aerospace Center) Robotics and Mechatronics Institute and at the Engineering Department of NYU Abu Dhabi. I hold a BSc in Mechatronics from Monterrey Tech and Msc in Automation and Robotics from TU Dortmund.

Research Focus: I am interested in endowing robots with the capabilities of learning, aiding and physically interacting with humans while performing complicated tasks in dynamic environments. To achieve this, I develop methods that leverage machine learning techniques with concepts from dynamical systems and control theory to solve salient problems in the areas of robot learning from demonstration, incremental and interactive learning and human-robot collaboration.

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Contact: 32 Vassar St. Cambridge, MA 02139 -- Office 32-271 (Stata)
Email: nadiafig [at] mit [dot] edu

Honors and Awards

Throughout my PhD I've been a teaching assistant for the following graduate courses:
MICRO-401 Machine Learning Programming (Fall 2016/Fall 2017)
Head Teaching Assistant and Main Syllabus Architect and Developer.
MICRO-570 Advanced Machine Learning (Spring 2016/2017)
Head Teaching Assistant and Tutorial Developer.
MICRO-455 Applied Machine Learning (Fall 2015)
Teaching Assistant.
Co-developer of ML_toolbox .

Invited Talks and Lectures

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