Min Zhao

Profile

I’m interested in Human-Robot Interaction. My research interests focus on how humans understand and interpret the actions of robots. Accurate and timely interpretation of robots’ action will allow people to make better use of robots, and further improve the software design of robots to provide more useful interactions. My current project is studying how participants understand and interpret the trajectory of the arm movements of a robot.


Background

I received my B.S in Zhejiang University (China) in 2006, majored in Psychology. I am now a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Rutgers University, under the supervision of Prof. Kowler, focusing on eye movements and eye-hand coordination. Meanwhile, I am also pursuing a MS degree in Computer Science, under the supervision of Prof. Bekris, focusing on Human-Robot Interaction.


Recent Publications

  • Zhao, M., R. Shome, I. Yochelson, KE Bekris, and E. Kowler. 2014. “An Experimental Study For Identifying Features Of Legible Manipulator Paths”. In International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), Marrakech/Essaouira, Morocco.
  • Zhao, M. & Marquez, A.G. (2013). Understanding human’s strategies in maze solving,
    6th International Symposium on Attention in Cognitive Systems (ISACS’13), (Peer
    Reviewed)
  • Zhao, M., Gersch, T.M., Schnitzer, B.S., Dosher, B.A. & Kowler, E. (2012) Eye
    movements and attention: The role of pre-saccadic shifts of attention in perception,
    memory and the control of saccades, Vision Research, 74, 40-60.


Talks

  • Zhao, M. & Marquez, A.G. (2013). Understanding human’s strategies in maze solving,
    6th International Symposium on Attention in Cognitive Systems (ISACS’13), Beijing,
    China
  • Zhao, M., Marquez, A.G., Hemmer, P. & Kolwer, E. (2013). Inferring strategies of maze
    navigation from the movements of the eye and arm, Vision Science Society, 13th
    Meeting, Naples, Florida


Conference Posters

  • Zhao, M., Dosher, B.A. & Kowler, E. (2011). Mechanisms of pre-saccadic shifts of
    attention during pauses between successive saccades, Object Perception, Attenion &
    Memory (OPAM), 19th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington
  • Zhao, M, Schnitzer, B.S., Dosher, B.A. & Kowler, E. (2010). Attention during pauses
    between successive saccades: Task interference vs. modulation of contrast-gain, Vision
    Science Society, 10th Annual Meeting, Naples, Florida


Awards and Fellowship

  • ITGER Matching Fellowship for Perceptual Science (2013~2014)
  • Student Travel Award, Vision Science Society, 13th
  • The 1st Prize in the National Innovation Competition, Yuyao, China (2006)
  • The 3rd Prize of the National Hi-Tech Innovation Competition, Ningbo, China (2006)
  • The scholarship for Excellent Female Student supported by Mary Kay Company (2005)
  • The scholarship for Excellent Social Practice (2004-2005)
  • The second-class scholarship for Excellent Students (2002-2003)


Teaching Experience

  • Instructor of Sensation and Perception lecture, PSY301, Summer 2013
  • Instructor of Cognition Lab, PSY306, 2011, 2013
  • Instructor of Sensation and Perception Lab, PSY302, 2009~2012
  • Instructor of Physiological Psychology, Fall 2006, Hangzhou, China


Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
152 Frelinghuysen Road,
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020, USA

Email: minzhao\AT\rci.rutgers.edu