Kaiyu Zheng


I'm a third-year PhD student at the Humans-To-Robots Lab at Brown University, advised by Stefanie Tellex. I am visiting the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group at MIT (virtually). My research interests are in robot decision making under uncertainty, especially partial observability. I am also interested in improving robot decision making through natural language understanding.

Before my PhD studies, I graduated with M.S. and B.S. in computer science from the University of Washington with minor in math. I worked on mobile robot navigation and deep generative modeling for mobile robot semantic mapping using Sum-Product Networks, advised by Andrzej Pronobis and Rajesh P. N. Rao. Prior to that, I used a Myo armband to control a robotic arm advised by Vikash Kumar and Emo Todorov.


Spatial Language Understanding for Object Search in Partially Observed Cityscale Environments
Kaiyu Zheng, Deniz Bayazit, Rebecca Mathew, Ellie Pavlick, Stefanie Tellex
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Multi-Resolution POMDP Planning for Multi-Object Search in 3D
Kaiyu Zheng, Yoonchang Sung, George Konidaris, Stefanie Tellex
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pomdp_py: A Framework to Build and Solve POMDPs
Kaiyu Zheng, Stefanie Tellex
ICAPS 2020 Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob)
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From Pixels to Buildings: End-to-end Probabilistic Deep Networks for Large-scale Semantic Mapping
Kaiyu Zheng, Andrzej Pronobis
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019).
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Learning Graph-Structured Sum-Product Networks for Probabilistic Semantic Maps
Kaiyu Zheng, Andrzej Pronobis, Rajesh P. N. Rao
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2018).
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ROS Navigation Tuning Guide
Kaiyu Zheng
arXiv:1706.09068, 2017
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Learning Large-Scale Topological Maps Using Sum-Product Networks
Kaiyu Zheng
Senior Thesis, 2017
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Email: kaiyu_zheng [at] brown [dot] edu

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