Matthew Pan

Ph.D. Candidate


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 am currently finishing up my PhD candidacy in Mechanical Engineering at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

I received my B.A.Sc. from The University of Waterloo in Mechatronics Engineering with Biomechanics Option, and M.A.Sc. from UBC in Mechanical Engineering. Since September 2009, I have been engaged as research assistant at the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Laboratory under the direction of Elizabeth Croft. From 2016-2017, under the direction of Lanny Smoot and Gunter Niemeyer, I worked on multimodal human-robot interfaces and virtual reality technologies while employed as a lab associate at Disney Research Los Angeles. 

My research interests generally fall within the categories human-machine interaction and biomedical engineering. My prior work has involved 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).