HCRI Joins The Partnership on AI

HCRI is pleased to announce it has joined the Partnership on AI. The Partnership on Al exists to study and formulate best practices on Al, to advance the public’s understanding of Al, and to provide a platform for open collaboration between all those involved in, and affected by, the development and deployment of Al technologies. ToContinue reading “HCRI Joins The Partnership on AI”

HCRI in IBM X-Prize Top Ten Teams

The XPRIZE Foundation has announced that 59 teams have been selected to move forward in the $5 million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition. The teams, which represent 14 countries, are developing vastly different technologies, all of which demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to tackle some of the world’s greatestContinue reading “HCRI in IBM X-Prize Top Ten Teams”

HCRI Partners with Sproutel

“Brown’s HCRI is excited to be working with Sproutel on such socially focused research. The work Sproutel does exemplifies the type of humanity centered robotics we aim to support at Brown’s HCRI.” Peter Haas, Associate Director, Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative, Brown University Sproutel, Inc. and Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative are partnering to assess theContinue reading “HCRI Partners with Sproutel”

HCRI Partners with Hasbro

A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a three-year partnership that seeks to enhance Hasbro’s Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with everyday tasks.   PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A group of academic researchers, led by cognitive and computer scientists from Brown University, isContinue reading “HCRI Partners with Hasbro”

HCRI Staff

Administrative Staff Michael is the Co-Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative. He works in reinforcement learning, but has done work in machine learning, game theory, computer networking, partially observable Markov decision process solving, computer solving of analogy problems and other areas. Littman received his Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University in 1996. FromContinue reading “HCRI Staff”

HCRI Members

HCRI Member Researchers and Graduate Students   David Abel Computer Science Dima Amso CLPS Michael Armey Psychiatry David Badre CLPS Iris Bahar Engineering Kenny Breuer Engineering Chris Bull Engineering Andrew Foster Economics Stephen Gatesy Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  Stuart Geman  Applied Mathematics Ian Gonsher Engineering Amy Greenwald Computer Science Matthew Harrison Applied Math Jim KellnerContinue reading “HCRI Members”

About HCRI

We are a group of Brown University faculty, students, and affiliates dedicated to robotics as a means to tackle the problems the world faces today.  Beyond pursuing the goal of technological advancement, we want to ensure that these advancements are applicable and beneficial economically and socially.  We are working across many disciplines to document theContinue reading “About HCRI”


Exploring the role of Robotics in Society HCRI was started to explore the growing role robotics plays in our daily lives. Cutting Edge Research From moral norms in robots to Integrated AI our research covers cutting edge topics in robotics and artificial intelligence. Helping Students In our maker space students have crafted award winning robots.Continue reading “Home”