Aaron is an associate research professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon and the co-director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation. He earned his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in industrial & operations engineering from the University of Michigan (1999, 1994 and 1993, respectively) and completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley (2000). Steinfeld’s interest is focused around constrained user interfaces and operator assistance, predominantly in the realms of human-robot interaction, rehabilitation, transportation and intelligent systems. He is interested in how to enable timely and appropriate interaction when interfaces are restricted through design, tasks, the environment, time pressures, and/or user abilities. Two core areas of interest are: Human-Robot Intent Fusion and Appropriate Robot Behavior. Examples of past work includes human-machine interaction and interfaces for collision warning systems, drowsy driving, zero-visibility snowplow operations, advanced in-vehicle systems, head-up displays, real-time captioning, rehabilitation robotics, military robotics, semi and fully autonomous mobile robots, and software agents.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"My personal interest in disability and rehabilitation was so strong that I elected to pursue unfunded thesis research on this topic. To this day, I have maintained an active research theme in this area while building a career in human-robot interaction and intelligent systems. To me, QoLT is an opportunity to generate synergy between these fields at exactly the right moment in the history of these fields."