School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab)

Join the upcoming Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Event with Yunshu Du on July 27

Yunshu will be hosting a webinar for the CRA-W Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall (VUTH) series on July 27 at 1 pm (PDT). The idea of the VUTH is to have a speaker present an introduction to their research area and a few results, and then have the speaker present on a mentoring topic that’s suitable for undergraduate students and encourage them to get involved.

Yunshu will present her research on “Speeding up Deep Reinforcement Learning via Transfer and Multitask Learning”, and organize a mentor topic on “How to Choose a Research Direction as an Undergraduate”. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to get useful information from a Ph.D. student, who is closer to career stage to them.

For online registration and more information about VUTH, check the CRA-W website: http://cra.org/cra-w/events/virtual-undergraduate-town-hall-speeding-deep-reinforcement-learning-via-transfer-multitask-learning/#overview

2017 JCATI Symposium

Viresh Duvvuri, Joo Heon, and Dr. Matthew E. Taylor presented a poster on “Baton: A Low-Cost Aerial Delivery Vehicle” at the 2017 JCATI Symposium, held at the University of Washington.

The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) is an initiative to stimulate aerospace economic development and job creation in Washington State by funding collaborations between the aerospace industry and academic researchers at the State’s public 4-year institutions of higher education.

At the annual symposium, students, researchers, and industry partners working on JCATI-funded projects meet to share and discuss the progress made on their respective projects. The symposium highlights current JCATI projects, expert aerospace speakers, a student “elevator speech” competition, and a poster session. This unique forum draws attendees from academia, government, industry, and non-profits engaged in Washington aerospace.

Read his poster here.

Yunshu Du placed 2nd in GPSA Research Exposition 2017


Yunshu Du‘s research on Data Mining the Cougarcard for Student Fitness, ranked 2nd in the “Administrative & Information Systems” category during the 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Exposition held last Friday. The competition only accepted 55% of submitted abstracts, and only 15% of the presenters are receiving awards. Yunshu will receive a scholarship money and will be awarded a plaque at the GPSA Excellence Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 17th.

Congratulations from your IRL Lab family!!!

2017 GPSA Research Exposition


IRL Lab members Bei Peng, Yunshu Du and Shivam Goel presented their research work in the 2017 Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Exposition held at the Compton Union Building, Senior Ballroom on March 31, 2017. During the research exposition, Shivam Goel had a rare opportunity of presenting his research to President Kirk Schulz.

The GPSA Research Exposition is an opportunity for WSU graduate and professional students to showcase their research work that allows networking with fellow WSU graduate student, professors, researchers, and industry representatives as well as to the general public.

Below are links to their research posters:

Curriculum Design for Machine Learners in Sequential Decision Tasks by Bei Peng
Data Mining the Cougarcard for Student Fitness by Yunshu Du
Bird Deterrence with Drones: Engineering a Smart Scarecrow by Shivam Goel

Congratulations to IRL Lab’s 1st PhD

Yusen Zhan successfully defended his PhD Dissertation, “Policy Advice, Non-convex and Distributed Optimization in Reinforcement Learning,” on November 8th. He is the first PhD graduate from the IRL Lab, with multiple journal articles and a conference paper accepted at the time of his defense. We all wish him the best as he prepares to return to China to begin a new job!

2016 GPSA Research Exposition

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Gina Sprint (CASAS Lab), Yunshu Du and Bei Peng (left to right)

IRL Lab was well represented in the 2016 Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) Research Exposition held at the Compton Union Building, Senior Ballroom on March 25, 2016. IRL Lab members presenting in the event were Bei Peng, Yunshu Du and Zhaodong Wang.

The GPSA Research Exposition is an opportunity for WSU graduate and professional students to showcase their research work that allows networking with fellow WSU graduate student, professors, researchers, and industry representatives as well as to the general public.


12887499_581710815314066_1183579961_o12903429_581710835314064_1012730926_o12899373_581710851980729_1939961286_oBei, Yunshu and Zhaodong (pictures left to right), presented their work through a poster display, and additionally, Bei also gave a 3-minute presentation.


Below are links to their research posters:

A Need for Speed: Adapting Agent Action Speed to Improve Task Learning from Non-Expert Humans by Bei Peng
Data Mining the Cougarcard for Student Fitness by Yunshu Du
Effective Transfer via Demonstration in Reinforcement Learning by Zhaodong Wang

Congratulations to Yunshu Du!

yunshuWe would like to congratulate our very own Yunshu Du who has been selected as this year’s “Outstanding Graduate Computer Science Teaching Assistant”. She will receive the award at the EECS Awards Banquet on April 21st. She has also been selected as the EECS nominee for the college-wide VCEA Outstanding TA Award.

Yunshu was a TA for CptS 223 (Advanced Data Structures) during Fall 2015 and is currently a TA for both CptS 121 (Program Design and Development in C Programming Language) and CptS 483 (Web Development).

REU participants showcase their research projects

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Jessie Bryant during the poster session.

The IRL Lab had two REU participants this year. Jessie Bryant, a junior Mechanical Engineering student from WSU, and Maddie Chili, a junior Computer Science and Communications Design student from Elon University.

The REU program allows undergraduate students to experience what it takes to do research under the guidance of a top research professor and working along with graduate students.

At a poster session yesterday, the REU participants presented the results on their research where it was well attended by students and professors. To read more about their individual research projects, please click on the links below.

Jessie Bryant: Laser Power Beaming in Smart Homes
Maddie Chili: On the Ability to Provide Demonstrations on a UAS

RoboSub Club of the Palouse competes in the 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition

Picture from WSU News

RoboSub Club of the Palouse is gearing up to compete in the annual International RoboSub Competition in San Diego. The members are leaving Pullman, Saturday, July 18th, for the week long event. James Irwin, who is one of the IRL Lab’s graduate student, will also be heading to San Diego as a member of the Electrical Engineering team.

The team has recently been featured in WSU News and KLEWTV. Click on the links to read more about the articles.

Good luck to the team and Go Cougs!!!