Photo of Alan R. Wagner

Alan R. Wagner

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Aerospace Engineering

234B Hammond Building

azw78@psu.edu

814-865-3138

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Autonomous Flight and UAVs

Interest Areas:

Autonomous System Control and Planning, Human-Robot Interaction and Teaming, Social Robotics, Machine Ethics, RoboEthics, Humanitarian and Search and Rescue robotics, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems

 
 

 

Education

  • BA, Psychology, 1997
  • MS, Computer Science, 2001
  • Ph D, Computer Science, 2009

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, 2016, Investigating Human-Robot Trust in Emergency Scenarios: Methodological Lessons Learned, Springer US, pp. 143–166
  • Alan Wagner, 2014, Lies and Deception: Robots that use Falsehood as a Social Strategy, De Gruyter, pp. 207–229
  • Alan Wagner and Erica Briscoe, , Psychological Modeling of Humans by Assistive Robots, Academic Press
  • Alan Wagner, , Ethics and Healthcare Robotics: Preventing Overtrust in Pediatric Populations, MIT press

Journal Articles

  • Alan Wagner, 2015, "Robots That Stereotype: Creating and Using Categories of People for Human-Robot Interaction", Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 4, (2), pp. 97–124
  • Alan Wagner and Paul Robinette, 2015, "Towards robots that trust: Human subject validation of the situational conditions for trust", Interaction studies, 16, (1), pp. 89–117
  • Ronald Craig Arkin, Patrick Ulam and Alan Wagner, 2012, "Moral decision making in autonomous systems: Enforcement, moral emotions, dignity, trust, and deception", Proceedings of the IEEE, 100, (3), pp. 571–589
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2011, "Acting deceptively: Providing robots with the capacity for deception", International Journal of Social Robotics, 3, (1), pp. 5–26
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2008, "Analyzing social situations for human–robot interaction", Interaction Studies, 9, (2), pp. 277–300
  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, , "The Effect of Robot The Effect of Robot Performance on Human-Robot Trust in Time-Critical Situations", Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
  • Joe Lyons, Mathew Clark, Alan Wagner and M Schuelke, , "Certifiable Trust in Autonomous Systems: Making the Intractable Tangible", Artificial Intelligence Magazine

Conference Proceedings

  • Alan Wagner, 2016, "Using Games to Learn Games: Game-Theory Representations as a Source for Guided Social Learning", Kansas City, MO, pp. 42–51
  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, 2016, "Assessment of robot to human instruction conveyance modalities across virtual, remote and physical robot presence", IEEE, New York, NY, pp. 1044–1050
  • Paul Robinette, Wenchen Li, Robert Allen, Ayanna M Howard and Alan Wagner, 2016, "Overtrust of robots in emergency evacuation scenarios", Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 101–108
  • Zsolt Kira, Wenchen Li, Robert Allen and Alan Wagner, 2016, "Leveraging Deep Learning for Spatio-Temporal Understanding of Everyday Environments?", New York, NY, pp. 6
  • Alan Wagner, 2015, "The Most Intelligent Robots Are Those That Exaggerate: Examining Robot Exaggeration", AAAI Publications, Washington, DC, pp. 51-57
  • Paul Robinette, Ayanna M Howard and Alan Wagner, 2015, "Timing is Key for Robot Trust Repair", Paris, France, pp. 574-583
  • Jigar Doshi, Zsolt Kira and Alan Wagner, 2015, "From Deep Learning to Episodic Memories: Creating Categories of Visual Experiences", Atlanta, GA, pp. 15
  • Zsolt Kira, Alan Wagner, Chris Kennedy, Jason Zutty and Grady Tuell, 2015, "STAC: a comprehensive sensor fusion model for scene characterization", SPIE Digital Library, Baltimore, MD, pp. 949804–949804
  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, 2014, "Assessment of robot guidance modalities conveying instructions to humans in emergency situations", Edinburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 1043–1049
  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, 2014, "Modeling human-robot trust in emergencies", pp. 6
  • Alan Wagner and Jigar Doshi, 2013, "Who, how, where: Using exemplars to learn social concepts", Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 481–490
  • Alan Wagner, 2013, "Developing Robots that Recognize When They Are Being Trusted.", AAAI Publications, Palo Alto, CA, pp. 84-89
  • Paul Robinette, Alan Wagner and Ayanna M Howard, 2013, "Building and maintaining trust between humans and guidance robots in an emergency", AAAI Publications, Palo Alto, CA, pp. 78-83
  • David Atkinson, Peter Hancock, Robert R Hoffman, John D Lee, Ericka Rovira, Charlene Stokes and Alan Wagner, 2012, "Trust In Computers And Robots: The Uses And Boundaries Of The Analogy To Interpersonal Trust", 56, (1), pp. 303–307
  • Alan Wagner, 2012, "The impact of stereotyping errors on a robot’s social development", San Diego, CA, pp. 1–6
  • Alan Wagner, 2012, "Using cluster-based stereotyping to foster human-robot cooperation", IEEE, Vilamoura, Portugal, pp. 1615–1622
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2011, "Recognizing situations that demand trust", Atlanta, GA, pp. 7–14
  • Alan Wagner, 2011, "Outcome Matrix Based Phrase Selection", AAAI Publications, Washington, DC, pp. 41-46
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2009, "Robot deception: recognizing when a robot should deceive", Daejeon, Korea, pp. 46–54
  • Alan Wagner, 2009, "Creating and using matrix representations of social interaction", San Diego, CA, pp. 125–132
  • Alan Wagner, 2008, "A Representation for Interaction", Pasadena, CA, pp. 13-20
  • Patrick Ulam, Yoichiro Endo, Alan Wagner and Ronald Arkin, 2007, "Integrated mission specification and task allocation for robot teams-design and implementation", Rome, Italy, pp. 4428–4435
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2006, "A Framework for Situation-based Social Interaction", Hatfield, United Kingdom, pp. 291–297
  • Alan Wagner, Yoichiro Endo, Patrick Ulam and Ronald C Arkin, 2006, "Multi-robot user interface modeling", Minneapolis, MN, pp. 237–248
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald Arkin, 2004, "Multi-robot communication-sensitive reconnaissance", New Orleans, LA, 5, pp. 4674–4681
  • Alan Wagner and Ronald C Arkin, 2003, "Internalized plans for communication-sensitive robot team behaviors", Las Vegas, NV, pp. 2480–2487

Abstracts

  • Alan Wagner, 2015, "Exploring human-robot trust: Insights from the first 1000 subjects", pp. 485–486
  • Alan Wagner, 2010, "Using stereotypes to understand one’s interactive partner", pp. 1445–1446
  • Allison M Jacobs, Benjamin Fransen, J Malcolm McCurry, Frederick WP Heckel, Alan Wagner and J Gregory Trafton, 2009, "A preliminary system for recognizing boredom", pp. 299–300

Technical Reports

  • Jigar Doshi, Celeste Mason, Alan Wagner and Zsolt Kira, 2014, "Deep Segments: Comparisons between Scenes and their Constituent Fragments using Deep Learning", Technical Report GT-CS-14-07
  • Manish Jain, Albert Xin Jiang, Takashi Kiddo, Keiki Takadama, Eric G Mercer, Neha Rungta, Mark Waser, Alan Wagner, Jennifer Burke, Don Sofge and others, 2014, "Reports of the 2014 AAAI Spring Symposium Series", AI Magazine, 35, (3), pp. 70–76
  • Victor Emeli, Alan Wagner and Charles C Kemp, 2012, "A Robotic System for Autonomous Medication and Water Delivery", Technical report GT-IC-12-01
  • Ronald C Arkin, Alan Wagner and Brittany Duncan, 2009, "Responsibility and lethality for unmanned systems: Ethical pre-mission responsibility advisement", Technical Report GIT-GVU-09-01, pp. 8
  • Patrick Ulam, Yochiro Endo, Alan Wagner and Ronald Arkin, 2006, "Integrated mission specification and task allocation for robot teams-Part 1: Design and implementation"
  • Ronald C Arkin, Yoichiro Endo, Patrick D Ulam and Alan Wagner, 2006, "Integrated Mission Specification and Task Allocation for Robot Teams-Design and Implementation", Technical report GIT-GVU-07-02, pp. 8

Other

  • Alan Wagner, 2009, "The role of trust and relationships in human-robot social interaction"

Research Projects

  •   - August 2019, "Developing human-machine systems that actively calibrate a user’s trust," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Sponsored Research).
  • July 2015 - July 2017, "Comprehensive Training Opportunity for Future Engineers," (Sponsor: Georgia Institute of Technology).
  • May 2013 - May 2016, "Trust and Trustworthiness in Human-Robot Interaction: A formal Conceptualization," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Sponsored Research).
  • July 2012 - July 2015, "Adaptive Turn-taking Routines for HRI via Stereotype Models," (Sponsor: Office Naval Research).
  • July 2013 - August 2013, "Near Surface Formation Control," (Sponsor: Office Naval Research).
  • October 2011 - October 2012, "Object Recognition for Stereotype Learning in Human-Robot Intera," (Sponsor: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane).

Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Research Award, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Sponsored Research, 2013
  • Spot Award, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2013
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2012
  • Internal Research and Development Project of the year—Finalist, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2012
  • Time Magazine’s Top 50 inventions of 2010 (#13), Time Magazine, 2010
  • Intel Opportunities Mentor Scholarship, Intel, 2006 - 2008
  • President’s Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002 - 2007
  • RO-MAN 2007 Best paper award, 15th International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2007
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society, Association for Computing Machinery, 2007
  • Dean’s Fellowship, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002 - 2006

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Safety Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Volunteer, Software and Security Working Group, 2016 - 2017
  • Faculty Advisor, American Helicopter Society Micro Air Vehicle Student Club, 2016 - 2017
  • Attendee, Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC), March 2017 - March 2017
  • Committee Member, Rock Strategic Planning Committeee, 2017 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Rock Ethics Institute, Faculty Fellow Candidate Review, 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • , Program Committee Member, ACM/IEEE Human-Robot Interaction, 2016 - 2017
  • , Committee Member, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous System, 2017
  • , National Academies’ Panel on Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2017
  • , Conference Session Chair, ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 2017
  • , Conference Session Chair, International Conference on Human-robot Interaction, 2017
  • , Program Committee Member, IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, 2016 - 2017
  • , Program Committee Member, AAAI National Conference, 2016
  • , Conference Session Chair, International Conference of Social Robotics, 2016
  • , Publicity Chair, International Conference of Social Robotics, 2016 - 2016
  • , Co-Organizer, Workshop Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence, 2016 - 2016
  • , Awards Committee Member, International Conference of Social Robotics, November 2016
  • , Program Committee Member, Fourth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, April 2016
  • , Local Arrangements Chair, Third Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, 2015
  • , Co-Organizer, The Intersection of Robust Intelligence and Trust in Autonomous Systems, AAAI Spring Symposium Series, 2014
  • , Program Committee Member, International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), 2014
  • Judge, Core Values Judge, Georgia FIRST Lego Robotics, 2014
  • Mentor, Coached 5 different Lego Robotics teams, Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy, 2011 - 2013
  • , Program Committee Member, International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), 2013
  • , Program Committee Member, International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man), 2013
  • , Program Committee Member, AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Track, 2013
  • , Program Committee Member, Trust and Autonomous System, AAAI Spring Symposium Series, 2013
  • , Conference Session Chair, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2012
  • , Conference Session Chair, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2012
  • , Conference Session Chair, International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2011
  • , Co-Organizer, Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents, AAAI Fall Symposium Series, 2011
  • , Chair, HRI Young Researcher’s Workshop, 2009
  • , Co-Chair, HRI Young Researcher’s Workshop, 2008
 


 

About

The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569