Zoey Chen


Hi! I am a CS Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington advised by Dieter Fox and Abhishek Gupta. My research interests are imitation learning and robot manipulation. I’m particularly interested in learning to generate diverse data for robots such that learning from limited data is possible. Prior to my PhD life, I did my master from Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington advised by Jenq-Neng Hwang and Imari Sato. I am also fortunate to have interned with many awesome mentors in the past at National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), Microsoft Research (Redmond), NNAISENSE (Lugano), Nvidia Robotics Lab (Seattle) and Meta robotics lab (Pittsburgh).

In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, painting, movies, cooking, hiking, board games, and recently snorkeling :)

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Nov 29, 2023 I passed my general exam and officially became a PhD candidate :) :rocket:
Oct 20, 2023 URDFormer is accepted for an oral presentation at the Towards Generalist Robotics workshop at CoRL 2023!! Details are coming soon!
Jul 1, 2023 GenAug is nominated as best system paper at RSS 2023!!

Selected Publications

  1. URDFormer: Constructing Interactive Realistic Scenes from Real Images via Simulation and Generative Modeling
    Zoey Chen, Marius Memmel, Alex Fang, Aaron Walsman, Dieter Fox, and Abhishek Gupta
    In Preprint, 2023
    Oral Presentation at CoRL TGR workshop
  2. GenAug: Retargeting Behaviors to Unseen Situations via Generative Augmentation
    Zoey Chen, Sho Kiami, Abhishek Gupta, and Vikash Kumar
    In Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2023
    Best System Paper Finalist
  3. Learning Robust Real-world Dexterous Grasping Policies via Implicit Shape Augmentation
    Zoey Qiuyu Chen, Karl Van Wyk, Yu-Wei Chao, Wei Yang, Arsalan Mousavian, Abhishek Gupta, and Dieter Fox
    In Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2022

Invited Talks

Dec 11, 2023: How to train your robot, Guest lecture at "Intro to Robotics" class at the University of Minnesota

Dec 1, 2023: Learning from Imagination, Georgia Tech RoboGrads Student Seminar

Nov 15, 2023: Learning to generalize with minimum demonstrations, UW Industry Day

May 30, 2023: Training robots with limited demonstrations, Tutorial at "Robotics" class at UW

Mar 1, 2023: GenAug, META Research EAI Seminar

Dec 1, 2022: Grasping with minimal human demonstrations, UW CSE Colloqium Robotics Research Show Case

Nov 15, 2022: ISAGrasp, Industry Affiliates Research Day

Aug 20, 2022: ISAGrasp, META Research EAI Seminar