The Laboratory for Progress (Perception, RObotics, and Grounded REasoning SystemS) aims to discover methods for computational reasoning and perception that will enable robots to effectively assist people in common human environments. Our goal is to make the physical world programmable through robots. This research pertains primarily to interactive robotics with contributions the technology of robot perception and mobile manipulation as well as the usability of this technology by people in real situations. Because science is exactly independently verifiable knowledge, open-source contributions and reproducibility are critical features of our work.
The active projects of the Laboratory for Progress include semantic robot programming, perceptual reasoning for goal-directed robotic manipulation, and interactive systems for shared autonomy and assisted robot operation, as well as independent living technologies for aging populations.


Chad Jenkins Karthik Desingh Zhiqiang Sui Zhen Zeng
Zheming Zhou Kevin French Xiatong Chen Jana Pavlasek
Emily Sheetz Maithili Patel Shiyang Lu                          

Past Members

Irina Klissourova Jordan Lee Jiatao Fan Chandana Neerukonda
Qingyu Chen Nathan Moos Troy McMahon Zhefan Ye
Tigist Diriba Verse Chow Tom Groechel Jill Meyerson
Anthony Opipari                                                                              


The Laboratory for Progress video playlist features highlights from our recent projects:

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