Sanne van Waveren

I am a PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. I am expected to graduate end of 2022 and will be looking for an academic position starting Spring 2023.

My vision is a future of autonomous verifiable robots that can automatically synthesize correction mechanisms, so that they can continue their tasks even after their policy or plan failed. In my work, I develop techniques that leverage input from non-roboticists, i.e., non-expert feedback and techniques from formal methods to automate such failure correction.

For an up-to-date list of my papers see my publications page.

news

Apr 22, 2022 :robot: We are thrilled to announce the 2nd IROS’22 Workshop RL-CONFORM: “Reinforcement Learning meets HRI, Control, and Formal Methods”, which will be held as a one-day workshop in October 2022, co-located with IROS’22. More information can be found here: Link to workshop webpage
Apr 22, 2022 :microphone: Hosted a workshop Professional Networking and seminar What's Cookin', RPL? Read more
Mar 17, 2022 :microphone: I gave a talk at the Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2022, Sweden. You can watch it here: WiDS 2022 Talk.
Mar 12, 2022 :microphone: I gave a 2-minute talk on our recent HRI 22 paper at the Human-Interactive Robot Learning workshop. You can watch it here: HIRL Talk.
Mar 10, 2022 :microphone: I presented our recent paper on correcting RL policies using non-expert feedback at HRI 2022. You can watch it here: HRI 2022 Talk.
Dec 22, 2021 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into HRI22: Correct Me If I'm Wrong: Using Non-Experts to Repair Reinforcement Learning Policies Read more
Dec 20, 2021 :trophy: I was selected to participate in HRI Pioneers 2022. Looking forward to present and discuss my work on leveraging non-Experts and formal Methods to automatically correct robot failures and meet this year’s cohort! Read more about HRI Pioneers
Oct 22, 2021 :round_pushpin: I started a research visit in the Robotics Institute at CMU with Liz Carter. :sparkles: :robot:
Oct 8, 2021 :round_pushpin: I was selected as participant in Future Digileaders, which is a yearly networking event for selected early career researchers interested in the broad area of digitalization who identify as women or are non-binary. Read more about Future Digileaders
Jul 29, 2021 :page_facing_up: Paper accepted into Frontiers in Robotics and AI Read more
Mar 17, 2021 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted PERSUASIVE 2021: Breaking the Taboo: Using a Social Robot to Raise Women’s Awareness of Menstrual Health Read more
Mar 5, 2021 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted ICRA 2021: Encoding Human Driving Styles in Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles Read more
Oct 29, 2020 :trophy: Gesticulator wins best paper at ICMI20. Big congrats to first and second author, Taras and Patrik, for leading this work.
Aug 7, 2020 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted at ICMI20: Gesticulator: A framework for semantically-aware speech-driven gesture generation Read more
Nov 30, 2019 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted to HRI20. Behavioural Responses to Robot Conversational Failures Read more
Nov 30, 2019 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into CHI20: Embodiment Effects in Interactions with Failing Robots Read more
Aug 14, 2019 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into ICSR19: Knock on Wood: The Effects of Material Choice on the Perception of Social Robots Read more
Apr 10, 2019 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into IVA2019: Take One For the Team: The Effects of Error Severity in Collaborative Tasks with Social Robots Read more
Nov 30, 2018 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into HRI19: Comparing Human-Robot Proxemics Between Virtual Reality and the Real World Read more

selected publications

  1. Correct Me If I’m Wrong: Using Non-Experts to Repair Reinforcement Learning Policies
    Van Waveren, Sanne, Pek, Christian, Tumova, Jana, and Leite, Iolanda
    In Proceedings of the 17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2022
  2. Encoding Human Driving Styles in Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles
    Karlsson, Jesper*,  van Waveren*, Sanne, Pek, Christian, Torre, Ilaria, Leite, Iolanda, and Tumova, Jana
    In ICRA International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2021
  3. Gesticulator: A framework for semantically-aware speech-driven gesture generation :trophy:
    Kucherenko, Taras, Jonell, Patrik,  van Waveren, Sanne, Henter, Gustav Eje, Alexandersson, Simon, Leite, Iolanda, and Kjellström, Hedvig
    In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2020
  4. Behavioural responses to robot conversational failures
    Kontogiorgos, Dimosthenis, Pereira, Andre, Sahindal, Boran,  van Waveren, Sanne, and Gustafson, Joakim
    In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2020