I am a Ph.D. student at Cornell Tech under the supervision of Prof. Wendy Ju. My research focuses on understanding how people interact with emerging technologies. In particular, I am interested in human-robot interaction and the challenges it presents. My approach involves utilizing the Wizard-of-Oz technique for in-the-wild deployments to simulate robots' autonomy and elicit natural interaction behaviors. By leveraging unique interaction data collected through the Wizard-of-Oz technique, I aim to bootstrap robots' social intelligence. Through my research, I aspire to provide valuable guidelines for the design of future technologies that seamlessly integrate into human environments.
Fanjun (Frank) Bu

Ph.D. Student

Computer Science Department
Cornell University, Cornell Tech


  1. Bu, F.*, Mandel, I.*, Lee, W. Y., & Ju, W. (2023, March). Trash Barrel Robots in the City. In Companion of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 875-877).
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  3. Goedicke, D., Bremers, A. W., Lee, S., Bu, F., Yasuda, H., & Ju, W. (2022, April). XR-OOM: MiXed Reality driving simulation with real cars for research and design. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-13).
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  5. Ondras, J., Anwar, A., Wu, T., Bu, F., Jung, M., Ortiz, J. J., & Bhattacharjee, T. (2022, July). Human-robot commensality: Bite timing prediction for robot-assisted feeding in groups. In 6th Annual Conference on Robot Learning.
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  7. Bu, F., & Huang, C. M. (2021). Object permanence through audio-visual representations. IEEE Access, 9, 131574-131582.
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  9. Chatzilygeroudis, K., Fichera, B., Lauzana, I., Bu, F., Yao, K., Khadivar, F., & Billard, A. (2020). Benchmark for bimanual robotic manipulation of semi-deformable objects. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 5(2), 2443-2450.
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Teaching Assistantships

  1. [Spring 2023] INFO5755/INFO6755/CS5755/CS675 Mobile Human Robot Interaction Design
  2. TA Award
  3. [Fall 2021] CS4750/CS5750/ECE4770/MAE4760. Foundations of Robotics
  4. TA Award
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