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I am a roboticist. I founded the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech and co-founded Hello Robot Inc. with Aaron Edsinger. I earned my PhD at MIT with Rod Brooks as my advisor. I’ve had the pleasure of advising outstanding PhD students, contributing to published research, writing code, and teaching. I’ve also invented a few robots.

A Bit of Backstory

Robotics initially attracted me as an approach to tackling the grand challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). Over time, I found the pursuit of AI without purpose unsatisfying. I joined Georgia Tech in 2006, where my research has focused on enabling robots to provide intelligent physical assistance in the context of healthcare. A full solution would likely include robots that are physically and socially intelligent in human environments, which would be consistent with notions of artificial general intelligence (AGI). The robots would also be intent on helping humans flourish, which is the type of success I’d like to see.

Henry Evans shaves himself using a PR2 robot.

In 2007, I founded the Healthcare Robotics Lab. I recommend you go to my lab’s website and look around. Through numerous studies, we’ve shown that mobile robots with arms (mobile manipulators) can meaningfully benefit people with disabilities in their daily lives. This points the way to a future in which intelligent mobile manipulators help people on a daily basis. There are challenges to overcome, but I’m optimistic.

In pursuit of helping this future arrive sooner, I co-founded Hello Robot Inc. in 2017. I own equity in and work for Hello Robot, which is commercializing robotic assistance technologies initially developed in my lab. We’re still pretty stealthy. I’m looking forward to the day when I can share more.

A person retrieves an object using the robot Dusty.
A person partner dances with the robot DARCI.

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