Sanne van Waveren

Pronounciation of my first name

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. I work on safe human-robot interaction in the Cognitive Optimization and Relational (CORE) Robotics lab headed by Dr. Matthew Gombolay.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, I completed my PhD on correcting robot behavior using non-expert feedback at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, you can find my thesis here. During my PhD, I also had the opportunity to spent three months at the TBD Lab, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA).

My vision is a future of interactive robots that can query human feedback and adapt their behavior accordingly. In my work, I develop techniques that leverage human feedback and techniques from formal methods to automate such behavior correction using logics and mathematics.

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

latest news

Mar 23, 2024 :robot: We are thrilled to announce the R:SS’24 Workshop on Safety and Normative Behaviors in Human-Robot Interaction, which will be held as a full-day workshop on July 15 2024, co-located with R:SS’24. More information can be found here: workshop’s website
Mar 23, 2024 :robot: R:SS’24 Workshop on Robot Execution Failures and Failure Management Strategies will be held as a full-day workshop on July 15 2024, co-located with R:SS’24! More information can be found via this link to our workshop’s website
Dec 22, 2023 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted at HRI 2024: Enhancing Safety in Learning from Demonstration Algorithms via Control Barrier Function Shielding. Letian Chen will present this work in Boulder on Tuesday, March 12 in Session 1.E: Learning. Read more
Dec 21, 2023 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted at AAMAS 2024: Mixed-Initiative Human-Robot Teaming under Suboptimality with Online Bayesian Adaptation Read more
Oct 17, 2023 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted at OOD Workshop @ CoRL 2023: Generalized Behavior Learning from Diverse Demonstrations Read more
Aug 28, 2023 :round_pushpin: I was named a Rising Star in EECS. I look forward to meeting the cohort here in Atlanta and learn about the faculty search process. :sparkles:
Jul 1, 2023 :round_pushpin: Started my postdoc with Dr. Matthew Gombolay at Georgia Tech! :sparkles: :robot:
Jun 22, 2023 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted at IROS 2023: Generating Scenarios from High-Level Specifications for Object Rearrangement Tasks Read more
Apr 28, 2023 :robot: We are thrilled to announce the 3rd RL-CONFORM: “Reinforcement Learning meets HRI, Control, and Formal Methods”, which will be held as a one-day workshop on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, co-located with IROS’23 in Detroit, USA. More information can be found here: Link to workshop webpage
Dec 5, 2022 :page_facing_up: Paper Accepted into HRI23: Increasing Perceived Safety in Motion Planning for Human-Drone Interaction Read more
Nov 21, 2022 :microphone: Super excited to join the panel on AI Value alignment: reasoning or learning? as part of the Being human in the digital society: on technology, norms and us Symposium hosted at TU Delft.
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 11, 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.

selected publications

  1. Enhancing Safety in Learning from Demonstration Algorithms via Control Barrier Function Shielding
    Yang, Yue*, Chen, Letian*, Zaidi, Zulfiqar*,  van Waveren, Sanne, Krishna, Arjun, and Gombolay, Matthew
    In Proceedings of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2024
  2. Mixed-Initiative Human-Robot Teaming under Suboptimality with Online Bayesian Adaptation
    Natarajan, Manisha, Xue, Chunyue,  van Waveren, Sanne, Feigh, Karen, and Gombolay, Matthew
    In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2024
  3. Increasing perceived safety in motion planning for human-drone interaction
    Van Waveren, Sanne, Rudling, Rasmus, Leite, Iolanda, Jensfelt, Patric, and Pek, Christian
    In Proceedings of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2023
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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