Hi! I am Aakash Yadav (legal: FNU Aakash), a third-year Ph.D. student in the Neuroergonomics Lab at University of Wisconsin–Madison. I am advised by Dr. Ranjana Mehta. My research interests span human-robot interaction, disaster robotics, machine learning, human factors, cognition, and affective computing. I work towards understanding multi-human-robot collaboration to improve teaming, system performance, and safety.

I received my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati. Previously, I have worked on optimizing thermoelectric efficiency, neural architecture search for robotics, and monocular SLAM. I maintain a list of my publications and projects under the publications tab.

The best way to reach me is via email or X.


Mar 2024: :trophy: Work on multi-human robot teaming recieved an honorable mention at the ACM/IEEE HRI 2024 Best Late Breaking Report Award
Mar 2024: :hotel: I am attending the ACM/IEEE HRI 2024 conference in Boulder, Colorado
Jan 2024: :page_with_curl: Paper titled "Beyond Dyadic Interactions: Assessing Trust Networks in Multi-Human-Robot Teams" accepted at ACM/IEEE HRI 2024
Oct 2023: :hotel: I am presenting my work at the HFES 67th AM in Washington, D.C.
Jun 2023: :rocket: I am moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison this Fall!
Jun 2023: :page_with_curl: Paper titled "Robot Adaptation Under Operator Cognitive Fatigue Using Reinforcement Learning" accepted at IEEE RO-MAN 2023 Busan
May 2023: :page_with_curl: Paper titled "All Human Versus Human-Robot Teaming: Measuring Neurophysiological Synchrony, Team Performance, and Trust during Search and Rescue" accepted at HFES 67th AM
Mar 2023: :page_with_curl: Paper titled "Brain-Behavior Relationships of Trust in Shared Space Human-Robot Collaboration" accepted at ACM THRI
Mar 2023: :hotel: I am attending the 2023 Florida Public Safety Drone Operations Conference (FLOCON)
Jan 2023: :information_desk_person: I now serve as a member of the HFES Membership Committee
Dec 2022: :mortar_board: Passed my Ph.D. Qualifying Exam!!
Oct 2022: :trophy: HFES Human AI Robot Teaming (HART) TG 2022 Video Contest Winner
Jul 2022: :trophy: I have been selected to receive the Abbott Emerging Scientist Award at 2022 Neuroergonomics conference
Jun 2022: :page_with_curl: Abstract titled "Neural Signatures of Trust in Human-Robot Collaboration: A Tale of Two Use-Cases" accepted for presentation at 2022 Neuroergonomics conference, in New York City.
May 2022: :page_with_curl: Paper titled "Interplay of Cognitive Fatigue and Trust in Human-Robot Collaboration" accepted at HFES 66th AM, see you all in Atlanta in October.
Mar 2022: I'll be presenting at the 4th Annual Workshop on Novel and Emerging Test Methods & Metrics for Effective HRI at IEEE HRI 2022.
Aug 2021: Joined Neuroergonomics Lab at TAMU as a Ph.D. candidate.
Jul 2021: I will be starting my Ph.D. this fall with Dr. Mehta at TAMU focusing on Human-Robot-Interaction, Human factors, and ergonomics.
Jan 2021: Started working (remotely) on a research project at Computational Interaction and Robotics Lab (CIRL)
Nov 2020: :trophy: I have been awarded the prestigious INAE Innovative Student Project Award
Aug 2020: Started working (remotely) on a research project with Prof. Shuhui Bu focused on vision-based geometric and deep SLAM
Apr 2020: Paper on image-based flight control of UAVs for material handling accepted in JMS
Oct 2019: My first ever paper on thermoelectric materials got published in the Journal of Physics Communications
Jun 2019: Joined Texas A&M University as a summer research intern
May 2018: Started summer internship at Ford Motor Company in Ahmedabad
Mar 2018: :tada: Started working as an undergraduate researcher at Pranawa C Deshmukh's Lab
Aug 2016: :tada: Joined IIT Tirupati as an undergraduate student in the mechanical engineering department