Brenna Argall, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Brenna D. Argall

Brenna D. Argall, PhD

  • Faculty Research Scientist, RIC
  • Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU
  • June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor, EECS, McCormick School of Engineering, NU



Education, Residency and Internship


MCS, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, BS, Mathematical Sciences
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, MS, Robotics
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, PhD, Robotics


National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellowship
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, Robotics Institute Ph.D. Fellowship
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, NIMH, NIH,, Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, Postdoctoral Fellow

Additional Information


Honors & Awards

  • 2011 (September): June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


B. D. Argall, M. Veloso, and B. Browning. Feedback for the Refinement of Learned Motion Control on a Mobile Robot  Under submission.

E. L. Sauser, B. D. Argall, G. Metta and A. G. Billard. Iterative Grasp Adaptation Learning with Tactile Corrections.  Robotics and Autonomous Systems.  To appear.

B. D. Argall, M. Veloso, and B. Browning. Teacher Feedback to Scaffold and Refine Demonstrated Motion Primitives on a Mobile Robot.  Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 59(3-4), 243-255, 2011.

B. D. Argall, E. L. Sauser and A. G. Billard. Tactile Guidance for Policy Adaptation. Foundation and Trends in Robotics,  1(2), 79-133 , 2010.

B. D. Argall and A. G. Billard. A Survey of Tactile Human-Robot Interactions. Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 58(10): 1159-1176, 2010.

B. D. Argall, S. Chernova, M. Veloso, and B. Browning. A Survey of Robot Learning from Demonstration.  Robotics and Autonomous Systems,  57(5): 469-483, 2009.

B. D. Argall, Z. S. Saad, and M. S. Beauchamp. Simplified Intersubject Averaging on the Cortical Surface Using SUMA. Human Brain Mapping, 27(1):14-27, 2006.

M. S. Beauchamp, K. E. Lee, B. D. Argall, and A. Martin. Integration of Auditory and Visual Information about Objects in Superior Temporal Sulcus. Neuron, 41:809-823, 2003.

Research Interests

integrating human feedback into machine learning techniques that build robot motion control policies, and the blending of manual and automated control for assistive rehabilitation robots.

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