The mission of the Interactive and Collaborative Autonomous Robotics lab is to enable robots help people with everyday tasks. Our research reflects the belief that physical interaction is deeply entangled with robot intelligence. We focus on developing compact, flexible representations that capture the vast amounts of information that robots acquire by actively engaging in real-world interactions with humans and objects in the environment and by passively observing the vast amount of available online content. These representations are the building blocks of human-interpretable, executable programs that enable deployed robotic systems perform complex manipulation tasks for and in coordination with actual end-users.

The ICAROS lab was founded by Professor Stefanos Nikolaidis in 2018 and it is part of the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California