Rohan Paleja

Cognitive Optimization and Relational (CORE) Robotics Lab
Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines
Georgia Institute of Technology
North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

I am a Technical Staff Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, investigating new approaches to help operators understand, program, utilize, and team with autonomous systems, ranging from large language models to symbolic agents.

Previously, I completed my Ph.D. in Robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Matthew Gombolay in the CORE Robotics Lab. In my research, I focus on developing novel machine-learning architectures and algorithms to support robot learning and human-robot collaboration in the diverse and unstructured environments that will be encountered by these agents in the real world.

I previously received a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers University in 2018, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University in 2017, where I was worked with Professor F. Javier Diez-Garias on UAV autonomy and sensing.


September 2023

I gave an invited talk at the Transformative Science and Technology Lecture Series at Temple University.

August 2023

I started as a Technical Staff Researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the AI Technology Group!

August 2023

I successfully defended my Ph.D. on "Interpretable Artificial Intelligence for Personalized Human-Robot Collaboration."

July 2023

Our workshop on Robot Learning in athlEtics (RoboLetics) has been accepted to the Conference of Robot Learning in Atlanta.

June 2023

I gave an invited talk at the Robot Learning Seminar hosted by Mila and the Robotics and Embodied AI Lab on "Personalized and Interpretable Artificial Intelligence for Positive Human-Machine Interaction".

Apr 2023

OurExplainable Robotics at ICRA 2023 was awarded an external sponsorship from the Artificial Intelligence Journal.

Jan 2023

Organizing a workshop on Explainable Robotics at ICRA 2023 in London.

May 2022

I’ll be joining MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the summer as a summer research intern!

MAY 2022

I’ve officially passed my PhD thesis proposal titled “Interpretable Artificial Intelligence for Personalized Human-Robot Collaboration” and am now a Ph.D. candidate!

Oct 2021

Our paper "MAGIC: Multi-Agent Graph Attention Communication"  was accepted " ICCV 2021 workshop on Multiagent Interaction and Relational Reasoning (MAIR2) and won a Best Workshop Paper award.

Sep 2021

Our paper "Towards Sample-efficient Apprenticeship Learning from Suboptimal Demonstration" was accepted " AAAI Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI) Fall Symposium.

May 2021

I was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Oct 2020