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Houda Elmimouni

Houda’s research interests lie in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Mediated Communication. She is keen on understanding how humans use technology to communicate and how culture and gender influence such use. She also studies how well designs align with social values and how to make the process of design a value-sensitive one.

Houda’s Personal Website

Graduate Students

Sawyer Collins

Sawyer Collins is a 4th year PhD student who focuses on the design of socially assistive robots for mental health. He works to develop new participatory design techniques through games to get a better understanding of not just what these robots should look like, but also how they could be used. He also has a dog named Sunshine and a cat named Monkey who help are a great writing help.

Sawyer’s Personal Website

Long-Jing (Claire) Hsu

Long-Jing is working with Dr. Selma Sabanovic and Dr. Christina Chung on robots that support older adults and their caregivers. She is involved in research topics such as co-designing robot activities, robot voice preferences, storytelling with robots, and older adults and caregiver relationships.

Claire’s Linkedin

Leigh Levinson

I’m interested in child-centered robotic design as well as learn about children’s attitudes and concerns in adopting these technologies as part of their life. I am also interested in using thermal imaging to study the psycho-physiological mechanisms at play during child-robot interaction.

Leigh’s Personal Website

Undergraduate Students

Tyler Barrett

Before joining the lab, Tyler did two semesters of UROC with Leigh and Sawyer! He is interested in the field of robotics, and He is particularly interested in the security concerns surrounding robotics. Additionally, Tyler enjoys user design!

Tyler’s Linkedin

Arinah Karim

A programmer and certified crab rangoon lover. Arinah loves reading webtoons and anything Kirby and Pokemon related!


Zach Kaufman

Zach Kaufman is an Accelerated Masters student studying Intelligent Systems Engineering. He has been working as a Research Assistant since September of 2020 in the R-House Human-Robot Interaction lab. His research has primarily focused on robot perception (using methods in computer vision and wearable sensors) for assistive robots being used with elderly adults, children, and in healthcare. Zach is hoping to go on to get a PhD in Robotics after graduating and continue to research assistive robots.

Zach’s Personal Website

Shekinah Lungu

Agness Lungu is an international student from Zambia. She a sophomore majoring in Intelligent Systems Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and Certificate in Journalism. A few other activities Shekinah is involved in at IU are the Underrepresented Students in Tech where she is the chair. Also, she writes for the Indiana Daily Student under the Black Voices Desk, and she is a part of the Luddy School of Informatics Computing and Engineering Ambassadors program.

Shekinah’s Linkedin


Margaret Nigh

Margaret joined R-House her freshman year with CEWIT as a research assistant and will be continuing here this year! She is passionate about AI and User Experience. So, she is hoping to continue to research robot design for children and help out at the lab in whatever way possible!

Margaret’s Personal Website

Erin Seliger

Erin is a sophomore at IU from Northwest Indiana. She’s studying Intelligent Systems Engineering with a minor in math.

Previous R-House Researchers

Former PHD Graduates

Chedomir Stanojevic

Swapna Joshi (2016–2022) 

Haodan Tan (co-advised with Eli Blevis, 2014–2018)

Marlena Fraune (co-advised with Eliot Smith, 2013–2018)

Jangwon Lee (co-advised with David Crandall, 2013–2018) 

Casey Bennett (2012–2015)

Heerin Lee (2011–2017)

Wan-Ling Chang (2011–2019)

Former Master's Graduates

Waki Kamino 

Chaolan Lin (2017-2018)

Brandon Williams 

Anchal Aggarwal 

Pavithra Ramamurthy 

AnnaRose Girvin, 

Jeremy White

Former Undergraduate Students

Dan Hicks 

Kathryn Wallisch

Kayoung Cho

Miranda Meade

Catherine Sembroski

Ying Yu Hong

Madeline Wolf 

Anne Lin 

Benjamin Oistad 

Anthony Kempiak 

Logan Doyle 

Kaylynn Jessee 

Graham Pedersen 

June Park 

Anna Holm