Prospective Students: 2021
Prospective Students

We welcome prospective PhD/MS/BS students interested in joining the lab to start in 2021.
Please complete form:

We are a multidisciplinary lab, with students from a range of backgrounds, engaging in different types of research. These include:

  1. Technical work (e.g., working on basic research and enabling technologies in: robotics, human-robot teaming, computer vision, machine learning, etc.)
    • Example papers: 1, 2, 3, 4
  2. Health services research (e.g., working with healthcare organizations, community partners) to support health and wellness, including: health equity, patient safety, supporting people with disabilities, etc.).
    • Example papers: 1, 2, 3
  3. Design work (e.g., working closely with stakeholders to envision future technologies, create prototypes, etc)
    • Example papers: 1, 2, 3
  4. Experimental Work (e.g., both laboratory-based and real-world studies that explore both technical and human-focused research questions)
    • Example papers: 1, 2, 3

These are not exhaustive nor mutually exclusive. It is helpful if you have interest in doing at least one of the above (check out the example papers to get an idea of what's involved).

It is 100% ok if you have never done research before or written a paper before - everyone starts somewhere! All students (BS-MS-PhD) receive training in these areas and are given opportunities to lead their own work.

Generally, the following should describe you:

  • You have a deep interest in making the world a better place
  • You enjoy working on challenging problems
  • You are open to learning new ideas and perspectives
  • You like working with other people, including people with backgrounds different from yours

How to apply to join the lab (PhD / MS / BS):

  1. Please read the lab website (main page, projects, papers) to get an overview of what we do.

  2. Please complete this online form which asks about your interests and background.

  3. Contact post form submission:

    • Prospective PhD students (starting Fall 2021), I will be in touch around November 2020. Meanwhile, please apply (see below)

    • Current UCSD BS/MS students, I will be in touch Dec 2020 / Jan 2021

    • Prospective MS students, I am not part of the admissions process (if you have questions, email However, if you are admitted and decide to come to UCSD, please reach out to me via email when you enroll (e.g., Fall 2021)

Due to time limitations, I am unable to reply to all students who are interested in the lab, nor accommodate all requests to join the lab. But thank you for your interest!

Additional Information for PhD students:

After completing the form, please feel free to apply to the UCSD CSE PhD program. If you apply to another department I will not see your application.

Please do not let pre-reqs, courses, etc. discourage you from applying!. Our department (and my lab) seeks to recruit students from a broad range of backgrounds, as we do many kinds of work. Please don’t worry and apply regardless :).

Please note, I am not on the admissions committee, nor can I advise on the logistics of the PhD application process. If you have specific questions about those topics, please write to: