Language Acquisition and Robotics Group

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Language Acqusition and Robotics Lab Members:

Prof. Stephen E. Levinson

Stephen Levinson

Stephen E. Levinson received his B. A. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 1966, and his M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1972 and 1974, respectively. In 1976, he joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories where he conducted research in the areas of speech recognition and understanding. In 1990, Dr. Levinson became head of the Linguistics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses in Speech and Language Processing and leads research projects in speech synthesis and automatic language acquisition. He is also a full-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he serves as the head of the Artificial Intelligence group.

Graduate Students

Luke Wendt

Luke Wendt

Luke Wendt received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering with Electrical Emphasis in Fall of 2007 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. While in Holland, Luke designed part inspection systems for Lakeshore Vision and Robotics. He also did two years of research with NASA-GSFC in the development of reconfigurable tetrahedral robots. He joined the LAR lab at UIUC in the Fall of 2008 with the intent of pursuing a Ph.D. in Control. His interests include: AI, Robotics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Adaptive Control, Optimization and Machine Learning. His current research is focused on fine motor control with proprioceptive and vision feedback on the iCub platform.

Personal website

Alex Duda

Alex Duda

While at Illinois, Alex has received the B.S. in Engineering Physics, M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research focuses on developing and implementing a biologically-inspired model of associative memory. Specifically, large populations of spiking neurons are networked together and their dynamics are used to encode multi-modal memories.

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Felix Wang

Felix Wang recieved his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in Spring 2011 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a member of the Language Acquisition and Robotics Group at UIUC since Fall 2010. Felix has held both industry and government positions involving work in the area of high-performance computing. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in control with a primary research focus in the field of massively parallel artificial intelligence deriving from biologically based systems.

Onyeama Osuagwu

Onyeama Osuagwu received his B.A. in Psychology with concentrations in Computer Science and Physics and a B.A. and M.A. in Physics with a Mathematics Concentration all from the City University of New York. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, cognition and computation in the human brain, the physics of information, embodied cognition, robotics, and neuromorphic circuitry. His current research involves the development of computational and mathematical models of memory and cognition using collective neuronal behavior which are tested on robotic platforms such as iCub.

Jacob Bryan

Jacob Bryan received his B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics from California State University, Fresno in 2010. After graduation, he worked for Edwards Air Force Base in California as an electronic warfare test engineer. Jacob joined the Language Acquisition and Robotics Group at UIUC in the Fall of 2012 in pursuit of a Ph.D. Jacob received his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering in 2014. His current research interests include probabilistic modelling of the speech signal, articulatory speech synthesis and reinforcement learning methods.

Yuchen He

Yuchen He receIved her B.S. in Software Engineering from Nanjing University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Texas, Austin. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the LAR Group at UIUC in 2013 Fall, and her research interests involves artificial intelligence, robotics, natural language understanding and controls.

Previous Students

Logan Niehaus (PhD '14)
Lydia Majure (PhD '13)
Vishnu Nath (MS '13)
Aaron Silver (MS '12)
Tuna Oezer (PhD '07)
Matthew McClain (PhD. '06)
Ruei-sung Lin (PhD '05)
Kevin Squire (PhD '04)
Ryan Rivera (MS '04)
Danfeng Li (PhD '03)
Weiyu Zhu (PhD '03)
Christopher Dodsworth (MS '01)
Josh Horvath (MS '01)
Qiong Liu (PhD '00)

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