Joanne Truong

Email: truong dot j at gatech dot edu

Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Robotics 2024 (Expected)

Northeastern University
B.S., Computer Engineering
Magna Cum Laude 2019

About Me

I am a 3rd year Robotics Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Dhruv Batra and Sonia Chernova, and work closely with Devi Parikh. 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.

I am currently a student researcher at Google, working with Wenhao Yu, Tingnan Zhang, and Jie Tan. 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 navigation 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 have the pleasure of mentoring three students, Max Rudolph (2nd year MS@GT), Simar Kareer (2nd year MS@GT), and Marco Delgado (4th year BS@GT) in research projects.


Spring 2022

Summer 2021

Facebook AI Research
Summer 2020


Rethinking Sim2Real: Lower Fidelity Simulation Leads to Higher Sim2Real Transfer in Navigation
Joanne Truong, Max Rudolph, Naoki Yokoyama, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra, Akshara Rai
under submission

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

Bi-directional Domain Adaptation for Sim2Real Transfer of Embodied Navigation Agents
Joanne Truong, Sonia Chernova, Dhruv Batra
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and
Robotics and Automation Letters (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
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) and
Embodied Vision, Actions & Language Workshop at ECCV, 2020

[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
Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS),
Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), and
RSS 2nd Workshop on Closing the Reality Gap in Sim2Real Transfer for Robotics, 2020

[Paper] [Website] [Bibtex]

System Architecture for Autonomous Mobile Manipulation of Everyday Objects in Domestic Environments
Tarik Kelestemur, Naoki Yokoyama, Joanne Truong, Anas Abou Allaban, Taskin Padir
PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) 2019
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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