Joanne Truong

Email: truong dot j at gatech dot edu

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.

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 on skill learning for robot manipulation. In the summer of 2020, I was an intern at Facebook AI Research, working with Akshara Rai on learning dynamics aware policies for multiple robot embodiments.

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 three students, Max Rudolph (MS@GT -> UT Austin PhD Student), Simar Kareer (MS@GT -> GT PhD Student), and Marco Delgado (BS@GT) in research projects.

Ph.D. in Robotics
2019 - Present

B.S. Computer Engineering
2014 - 2019

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]

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