Joanne Truong

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 2nd year Robotics Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Prof. Dhruv Batra and Prof. Sonia Chernova, and work closely with Prof. 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.

In the summer of 2020, I was an intern at Facebook AI Research, working with Akshara Rai on transfer learning between robots with different dynamics (robot2robot transfer).

As an undergrad, I worked in the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research (RIVeR) lab at Northeastern University with Prof. Taskin Padir. During my time there, I worked with the Human Support Robot (HSR) from Toyota Research Institute to develop novel perception algorithms utilizing deep learning for personal service robots to improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled. I competed at the 2019 RoboCup@Home competition in Sydney, Australia and the 2018 World Robot Summit in Tokyo, Japan, in which we qualified for after placing 4th overall and 1st in the US at the 2018 RoboCup@Home competition in Montreal, Canada.



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

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


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


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

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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

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