Pierce Howell

MS Student
DoD SMART Scholar


I am a 1st year Robotics Ph.D. student. My research interests are in the intersection of robotics, AI, and control systems. Specifically, exploring robot learning methods to enable robots to operate in dynamic, complex environments, especially environments involving interaction with humans. I am also passionate about STEM outreach and education!


Generalization of Heterogeneous Multi-Robot Policies via Awareness and Communication of Capabilities, Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2023

The Effects of Robot Motion on Comfort Dynamics of Novice Users in Close-Proximity Human-Robot Interaction, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2023

Fast Anticipatory Motion Planning for Close-Proximity Human-Robot Interaction, Workshop on Close Proximity Human-Robot Collaboration, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2022