Barış Akgün

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I am an Assistant Professor at the Koç University. Prior to joining the faculty at KU on September 2016, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Electrical And Computer Engineering Department of The University of Texas at Austin. I earned my PhD Degree in Robotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.  I received my MSc Degree from the Computer Science Department and BSc. Degree with an extra-curricular minor from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2010 and 2007 respectively.


In my PhD, I worked on developing algorithms and interactions that enable robots to learn from non-expert teachers and to use their learned information to autonomously get better over time. In my MSc, I worked on mirror neuron inspired action generation and recognition and affordance learning. I was a recipient of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) scholarship for my MSc and the Fulbright Scholarship for my PhD.

My research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Robot Interaction, Machine Learning for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Robotics. I am currently working on end-to-end Learning from Demonstration approaches that are able to learn from non-expert users and generalize well while being robust enough to be deployed out in the real-world alongside these non-experts. I recently started working on machine learning for human-robot collaboration.


Contact: baakgun(at)ku