I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Psychology, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I direct the Wisconsin HCI Laboratory and organize the WHCI+D Group. I received my PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University‘s Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

My research program builds human-centered methods and principles for designing robotic technologies that help people communicate, work, and pursue personal goals and draws on a transdisciplinary design research process that combines aspects of design, computer science, and social and cognitive sciences.

I have the fortune of working with a fantastic group of students and of teaching and mentoring people on design and HCI. I collaborate closely with Leila Takayama, Terry Fong, Lyn Turkstra, Melissa DuffJulie ShahMichael Gleicher, and John Lee and receive support from NSF, NIH, NASA, Google, and Toyota.

To learn more about my research, visit the Science Narratives Series on our work. To support my research, visit my Benefunder profile, “Making Robots an Important Part of our Everyday Lives.” To get involved in the HCI Lab, read this page before getting in touch with me.


Graduate Students: I am hiring new students for Fall 2018. If you are interested in HCI, robotics, or AI, please email me at bilge {at} cs.wisc.edu.

Bilge Mutlu

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison

1210 W. Dayton St. Room 6381, Madison, WI 53706-1685 USA

Phone: +1 (608) 616-5116 (voicemail only)

E-mail: bilge {at} cs.wisc.edu

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Curriculum Vitae PDF (180K)
Updated: November 2017

News & Updates

1.16. Our work is the subject of a new series of Science Narratives.

1.16. Our work has been featured on the cover of Autonomous Robots!

4.15. I have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, which will go into effect in August.

3.15. Two of our papers are included in Best of CHI 2015!

1.15. Our work in collaborative robots covered in Control Design.

1.15. A story on our research on collaborative robots has been featured on the UW homepage.

9.14. New NSF award to support our work with the MIT Interactive Robotics Group on human-robot collaboration.

3.14. Our research on gaze aversion in robots was nominated for best paper at HRI 2014 and featured in the NewScientist and AAAS Science Update.

3.14. My students Andrist, Sauppé, Huang, and Szafir have presented four full papers at HRI 2014.

2.14. Allison Sauppé presented our work on modeling the impact of social cues on collaborative work at CSCW 2104.

1.14. The HCI Lab has three fresh PhD candidates: Irene Rae, Allison Sauppé, and Chien-Ming Huang.

12.13. I work with a fantastic group of students whose research will appear at CSCW, HRI, and CHI 2014 in a total of seven full papers.

9.13. A paper with collaborators received the best paper award at Ubicomp 2013.

9.13. An interview with me featured in the Economist article titled “Working with Robots: Our Friends Electric.”

7.13. I received a “Glass Award” from Google.

6.13. Our paper at RSS 2013 was runner up for Best Paper Award.

Recent Publications

HRI 2016, Huang & Mutlu. Anticipatory Control in HRI [PDF]

Edited Book. Broz et al. Gaze in Human-Robot Communication. John Benjamins.

RSS 2015, Huang et al. Adaptive Coordination in Human-Robot Handovers [PDF] Invited for special presentation at AAAI 

CHI 2015, Sauppé & Mutlu Social Impact of a Robot Co-worker [PDF] CHI Best Paper Award

CHI 2015, Andrist et al. Robots Matching User Personality Improve User Motivation [PDF] CHI Honorable Mention Award

CHI 2015, Johnson et al. Field of View in Robotic Telepresence [PDF]

HRI 2015, Andrist et al. Cross-Cultural Study of Robot Speech [PDF]

HRI 2015, Szafir et al. Communicating Directionality for in Free-Flyers [PDF]

CSCW 2015, Johnson et al. Handheld vs. Handsfree? [PDF]

SIGCSE 2015, Sauppé et al. Engaging Learners of All Ages in Robotics [PDF]

ACM TiiS, Pejsa et al. Gaze and Attention Management for ECAs [ACM DL]

AURO, Huang & Mutlu Multivariate Evaluation of Robot Systems [Blogpost, Email for PDF]

RSS 2014, Sauppé & Mutlu Teaching Strategies for Instructional Robots [PDF] Allie’s talk below:

CHI 2014, Sauppé & Mutlu Interaction Patterns for HRI [PDF]

CHI 2014, Rae et al. Role of Mobility in Telepresence [PDF]

HRI 2014, Andrist et al. Gaze Aversion for Robots [PDF] HRI Best Paper Award Nominee

HRI 2014, Huang & Mutlu Learning Robot Behavior Models [PDF]

HRI 2014, Sauppé & Mutlu Robot Deictics [PDF]

HRI 2014, Szafir et al. Intention in Assistive Free-Flyers [PDF]

CSCW 2014, Sauppé & Mutlu Social Cues in CSCW [PDF]

Service & Leadership

03.17. I co-chaired the HRI 2017 Conference held in Vienna, Austria.

12.15. I gave the HCRI Seminar at Brown University.

10.15. I will serve as the program chair of RO-MAN 2016 to be held in New York City.

03.15. Manfred Tscheligi and I will be co-hosting HRI 2017 in Vienna, Austria as general co-chairs.

11.14. I gave the CS Colloquium at the University of Minnesota.

11.14. I gave the IRIM Seminar and GVU Brownbag at Georgia Tech.

10.14. I gave the Dub Seminar at the University of Washington.

10.14. I gave the CS Colloquium at USC.

10.14. I gave a seminar at Informatics@UC Irvine.

10.14. I gave the Cornell Information Science Colloquium.

10.14. I gave the AI Seminar at the University of Michigan.

10.14. Sean Andrist, Dan Bohus, Eric Horvitz, David Schlangen and I are co-organizing an AAAI Spring Symposium on “turn-taking and coordination in human-machine interaction.

7.14. Julie Shah, Allison Sauppé, Matthew Gombolay and I co-organized an RSS 2014 workshop on human-robot collaboration.

4.14. I gave the CMU Robotics Institute Seminar.

12.13. Leila Takayama and I are co-chairing the Program Committee for HRI 2015. Our theme: “Broadening the Field.”

12.13. I co-chaired the Design Subcommittee at CHI 2014 with John Zimmerman, Ron Wakkary, and Youn-Kyung Lim.