Albuquerque IEEE Women in Engineering Public Talk Series


Lecture:  Designing human-centric autonomy

By: Professor Meeko Oishi

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  • Date: 02 Dec 2021
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-07:00) US/Mountain
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  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • United States 87111

  • Co-sponsored by Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)


Meeko Oishi of University of New Mexico


Designing human-centric autonomy

Much of the recent focus on autonomous systems involves advanced algorithms for sensing and control, to assess and respond to the environment. State-of-the-art autonomous systems are typically unaware of and unresponsive to the human operator(s) in the loop. Making autonomous systems truly human-centric requires major shifts, to accommodate and respond to not only the state of the physical and computational elements of the system, but also the human elements. New methods and tools must be developed for modeling, prediction and verification, control, and communication, all of which must accommodate the uncertainty, risk tolerance, preferences, trust, workload, and confidence of the human in the loop. This talk overviews recent developments in probabilistic modeling and control for human-centric autonomous systems and promising directions for future work.


Meeko Oishi received the Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2000) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (Ph.D. minor, Electrical Engineering), and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (1998). She is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include human-centric control, stochastic optimal control, and autonomous systems. She previously held a faculty position at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver, and postdoctoral positions at Sandia National Laboratories and at the National Ecological Observatory Network. She was a Visiting Researcher at AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, and a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and a member of the 2021-2023 DoD Defense Science Study Group.