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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Email: nadiafig [at] mit [dot] edu