Chien-Ming Huang   黃健鳴

Chien-Ming Huang   黃健鳴

Chien-Ming Huang John C. Malone Assistant Professor
Intuitive Computing Laboratory
HCI@Hopkins | Robotics@Hopkins
Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare
Dept. of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

410-516-4537 (unlikely to reach me)

I am currently on an academic sabbatical for the 2024 calendar year. I will be using this time to recharge and explore new research directions. I will not be taking on any service responsibilities during this period.


Curriculum Vitae | Google Scholar | ORCiD
My scientific work contributes to the fields of human-robot interaction (HRI), human-computer interaction (HCI), and robotics. The research directions I am currently pursuing include:
  • Making robotic technology more accessible to people with diverse backgrounds.
  • Improving the quality of life for older adults using technology.
  • Designing effective interaction strategies for AI systems to assist people.
My research has been supported by NSF, NIH, Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA), Applied Physics Laboratory, and Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.


2018–2023 Gopika Ajaykumar (CS PhD) | NSF GRFP | JHU Engineering/Nursing fellow | 2023 HRI Pioneer
2019–nowYuxiang Gao (CS PhD) | On leave since 2022
2019–nowMaia Stiber (CS PhD) | CS Department fellow | 2024 HRI Pioneer | Co-advised by Russ Taylor
2020–nowAmama Mahmood (CS PhD) | CS Department fellow
2021–nowKaitlynn Pineda (CS PhD) | CS Department fellow
2021–nowVictor Antony (CS PhD)
2022–nowShiye Cao (CS PhD) | 2022 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Finalist | Co-advised by Anqi Liu
2023–nowTsung-Chi Lin (Postdoc) | John C. Malone Postdoctoral Fellow

Select publications

I mainly publish at HRI, HCI (CHI, CSCW, IUI), and Robotics (ICRA, IROS, RSS) venues.

End-user robot programming
HRI'24Alchemist: LLM-Aided End-User Development of Robot Applications |
IJHCSOlder adults' expectations, experiences, and preferences in programming physical robot assistance |
ACM Computing SurveyA survey on end-user robot programming |
Robotics and Autonomous SystemsDesigning user-centric programming aids for kinesthetic teaching of collaborative robots |
IUI'19PATI: a projection-based augmented table-top interface for robot programming |

Human-robot collaboration
Preprint"You might like it": how people respond to small talk in human-robot collaboration |
ACM THRIForging productive human-robot partnerships through task training |
HRI'23"What if it is wrong": effects of power dynamics and trust repair strategy on trust and compliance in HRI |
HRI'23On using social signals to enable flexible error-aware HRI |
IROS'22Modeling human response to robot errors for timely error Detection |
HRI'20See what i see: enabling user-centric robotic assistance using first-person demonstrations |
HRI'16Anticipatory robot control for efficient human-robot collaboration |
Frontiers in PsychologyUsing gaze patterns to predict task intent in collaboration |
RSS'15Adaptive coordination strategies for human-robot handovers |

Social robots
PreprintSocial robots for sleep health: a scoping review |
HRI'23Co-designing with older adults, for older adults: robots to promote physical activity |
Science RoboticsImproving social skills in children with ASD using a long-term, in-home social robot |
HRI'18Thinking aloud with a tutoring robot to enhance learning |
HRI'17Give me a break! personalized timing strategies to promote learning in robot-child tutoring |
RSS'13Modeling and evaluating narrative gestures for humanlike robots | | Best paper award runner-up

Socially aware robot navigation
IROS'22Learning a group-aware policy for robot navigation |
Frontiers in Robotics and AIEvaluation of socially-aware robot navigation | | 2022 Outstanding Article, Editor's Picks
ICRA'20Intent-aware pedestrian prediction for adaptive crowd navigation |

Human-AI interaction
ACM TiiSID.8: co-creating visual stories with generative AI |
CSCW'24Designing for appropriate reliance: the roles of AI uncertainty presentation, initial user decision, and user demographics in AI-assisted decision-making |
CSCW'23How time pressure from different phases of decision-making influences human-AI collaboration |
IJHCSMitigating knowledge imbalance in AI-advised decision-making through collaborative user involvement |
CSCW'22Understanding user reliance on AI in assisted decision-making |
CHI'22Owning mistakes sincerely: strategies for mitigating AI errors |
npj Digital MedicineExplainable medical imaging AI needs human-centered design: guidelines and evidence from a systematic review |

Conversational voice assistants
PreprintSituated Understanding of Older Adults' Interactions with Voice Assistants: A Month-long In-home Study |
PreprintLLM-powered conversational voice assistants: interaction patterns, opportunities, challenges, and design guidelines |
CSCW'24Gender biases in error mitigation by voice assistants |

Exploratory projects
PreprintAn introduction to causal inference methods for observational human-robot interaction research |
ISMAR'23Active engagement with virtual reality reduces stress and increases positive emotions
IUI'22Crowdsourcing thumbnail captions using time-constrained methods |


EN.601.490/690 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Fall 2023, Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018

EN.601.491/691 Human-Robot Interaction
Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018

Community services

2018–nowAssociate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
2024, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018HRI Program Committee
2019CHI Program Committee (AC)
2024ICRA Associate Editor for Human-Robot Interaction
I'm also a frequent reviewer for HRI, ICRA, and CHI.


05.24 I am co-organizing the ERR@HRI 2024 ICMI Challenge on an HRI'24 workshop on "Multimodal Detection of Errors and Failures in Human-Robot Interactions"
11.23 I am co-organizing an HRI'24 workshop on "Social Signal Modeling in Human-Robot Interaction"
11.23 Research award – New NIH P30 project in collaboration with Hao Su and Junxin Li to investigate "Improving Mobility for Dementia Alleviation in Older Adults via AI-Powered Affordable Exosuits"
12.22 I am co-organizing a AAAI spring symposium on "HRI in Academia and Industry: Bridging the Gap"
06.22Research award – New NSF project in collaboration with Greg Hager to investigate "Modeling Ad Hoc Collaboration on Complex Manipulation Tasks for Human-Robot Teams"
02.22Research award – I received an NSF CAREER award to investigate end-user robot programming systems for everyday people, especially older adults who want to live independently at home.
10.21Research award – New NIH project in collaboration with Shameema Sikder (PI), Swaroop Vedula, and Greg Hager to investigate "Artificial Intelligence Driven Tools for Objective Surgical Performance Improvement"
05.20Humbled to receive Professor Joel Dean Excellence in Teaching Award
02.20Research award – New project in collaboration with I-Jeng Wang and Kapil Katyal to investigate "Human-Centered Assured Autonomy" supported by the JHU Institute for Assured Autonomy
02.19Rsearch award – New project to investigate "Human-Robot Co-Navigation" supported by APL
12.18Joined the editorial board for the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
10.18Honored to be named the John C. Malone Assistant Professor
09.18Research award – New NSF project in collaboration with Suchi Saria (PI) to investigate "Human-Machine Cognitive Teaming for Medical Decision Making"
08.17Joined CS@Johns Hopkins University

Working with me

I am always looking for highly motivated students interested in human-computer interaction and/or robotics. However, I do not reply to any inquiries and/or comment on applicaiton materials. If you are interested in working with me, you need to apply to our CS graduate program directly.