Joanne Truong

Email: truong dot j at gatech dot edu

Ph.D. in Robotics
2019 - Present

B.S. Computer Engineering
2014 - 2019

About Me

I am a Robotics Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Dhruv Batra and Sonia Chernova. I am interested in working at the intersection of machine learning and robotics. My long-term research goal is to develop robots that are scalable, robust and capable of working in complex, real world environments. My research is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Apple Scholars in AI/ML PhD Fellowship, Adobe Research Fellowship, and Google Women Techmakers Scholarship.

I am currently an intern at Apple, working with Walter Talbot, Miguel Angel Bautista, Alex Toshev, and Josh Susskind. In the summer of 2022, I was a student researcher at Google, working with Jie Tan, Wenhao Yu, and Tingnan Zhang. In the summer of 2021, I was an intern at at NVIDIA, working with Clemens Eppner, Ankur Handa, and Dieter Fox. In the summer of 2020, I was an intern at FAIR, working with Akshara Rai.

As an undergrad, I worked in the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research (RIVeR) lab at Northeastern University with Taskin Padir. During my time there, I competed at the 2019 RoboCup@Home competition in Sydney, Australia and the 2018 World Robot Summit in Tokyo, Japan.

I also had the pleasure of mentoring Max Rudolph (MS@GT -> UT Austin PhD Student), Simar Kareer (MS@GT -> GT PhD Student), and Marco Delgado (BS@GT).

Summer 2023

Summer 2022

Summer 2021

Summer 2020



IndoorSim-to-OutdoorReal: Learning to Navigate Outdoors without any Outdoor Experience
Joanne Truong, April Zitkovich, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra, Tingnan Zhang, Jie Tan, Wenhao Yu
[Paper] [Project Page] [Bibtex]
[Blog Post]

Adaptive Skill Coordination for Robotic Mobile Manipulation
Naoki Yokoyama, Alexander Clegg, Joanne Truong, Eric Undersander, Tsung-Yen Yang, Sergio Arnaud, Sehoon Ha, Dhruv Batra, Akshara Rai
[Paper] [Project Page] [Bibtex]

LSC: Language-guided Skill Coordination for Open-Vocabulary Mobile Pick-and-Place
Tsung-Yen Yang, Sergio Arnaud, Kavit Shah, Naoki Yokoyama, Alexander Clegg, Joanne Truong , Eric Undersander, Oleksandr Maksymets, Sehoon Ha, Mrinal Kalakrishnan, Roozbeh Mottaghi, Dhruv Batra, Akshara Rai
CVPR 2023 Demo Track and
CVPR Expo Meta AI Booth

[Poster] [Project Page]

Retrospectives on the Embodied AI Workshop
Matt Deitke, Dhruv Batra, ..., Joanne Truong, Luca Weihs, Jiajun Wu
[Paper] [Bibtex]

ViNL: Visual Navigation and Locomotion Over Obstacles
Simar Kareer*, Naoki Yokoyama*, Dhruv Batra, Sehoon Ha, Joanne Truong
ICRA 2023
Best Paper Award at Learning for Agile Robotics Workshop (CoRL) 2022

[Paper] [Project Page] [Bibtex]

Rethinking Sim2Real: Lower Fidelity Simulation Leads to Higher Sim2Real Transfer in Navigation
Joanne Truong, Max Rudolph, Naoki Yokoyama, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra, Akshara Rai
CoRL 2022
Spotlight at Sim-to-Real Robot Learning: Locomotion and Beyond Workshop

[Paper] [Project Page] [Bibtex] [Video]

Learning Navigation Skills for Legged Robots with Learned Robot Embeddings
Joanne Truong, Denis Yarats, Tianyu Li, Franziska Meier, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra, Akshara Rai
IROS 2021
[Paper] [Bibtex]

Bi-directional Domain Adaptation for Sim2Real Transfer of Embodied Navigation Agents
Joanne Truong, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra
ICRA and RA-L 2021
[Paper] [Bibtex]

Sim-to-Real Transfer for Vision-and-Language Navigation
Peter Anderson, Ayush Shrivastava, Joanne Truong, Arjun Majumdar, Devi Parikh, Dhruv Batra, Stefan Lee
CoRL 2020
Embodied Vision, Actions & Language
Workshop (ECCV)

[Paper] [Bibtex]

Sim2Real Predictivity: Does Evaluation in Simulation Predict Real-World Performance?
Abhishek Kadian*, Joanne Truong*, Aaron Gokaslan, Alexander Clegg, Erik Wijmans, Stefan Lee, Manolis Savva, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra
IROS and RA-L 2020
Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics Workshop (RSS)

[Paper] [Project Page] [Bibtex]

System Architecture for Autonomous Mobile Manipulation of Everyday Objects in Domestic Environments
Tarik Kelestemur, Naoki Yokoyama, Joanne Truong, Anas Abou Allaban, Taskin Padir
PETRA 2019
[Paper] [Bibtex]

2019 RoboCup@Home Sydney, Australia
Joanne Truong, Naoki Yokoyama, Taskin Padir

2018 World Robot Summit Tokyo, Japan
Joanne Truong , Naoki Yokoyama, Tarik Kelestemur, Anas Abou Allaban, Taskin Padir

TRI University Challenges Boston, MA
Joanne Truong , Naoki Yokoyama, Tarik Kelestemur, Taskin Padir