Matthew Pan



VANCOUVER, B.C .: NOVEMBER 20, 2013 -- 3rd year HRI PHD student Matthew Pan interacts with a PR2 robot in a lab on UBC campus in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 20, 2013. (BEN NELMS for National Post) - Story for T. Hopper -

I recently completed my PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My dissertation on the exploration of non-verbal cues used in human-robot handovers can be found here.

I received my B.A.Sc. (Honours) from The University of Waterloo in Mechatronics Engineering with Biomechanics Option, and M.A.Sc. from UBC in Mechanical Engineering. From 2009 to 2018, I was a research assistant at the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Laboratory under the direction of Elizabeth Croft. From 2016-2017, I was employed at Disney Research Los Angeles as a lab associate, working on multimodal human-robot interfaces and virtual/augmented/mixed reality technologies. I recently returned to Disney Research as a postdoctoral associate to further explore and research human-robot interactions. 

My research interests generally fall within the categories human-machine interaction and biomedical engineering. Previously, my work has involved the study of haptic displays, affective computing and human-computer interaction (HCI). I am currently engaged in research investigating novel methods of performing human-robot co-operative manipulation of objects (e.g., handover and co-operative lifting of objects).