Elizabeth Croft

Elizabeth Croft

Croft headshot

Professor and Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development

B.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia), M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo), Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Fellow of ASME, Engineers Canada, Past NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC and Yukon (2010-2015)

phone: (604) 822-6614
fax: (604) 822-2403
email: ecroft@mech.ubc.ca
website: http://croft.mech.ubc.ca/
lab website:  Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab
office: CEME 2059

Research Interests

  • Assistive Robotics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Intelligent Robotic Systems
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Motion Planning
  • Machine vision and sensor fusion for robot work-cell applications
  • Mechatronics

Current Research Work

  • Robotic assistants for manufacturing assembly and homecare.
  • Collaborative human-robot lifting, handover, and turn-taking
  • Robot Visual Servoing and lost target search.
  • Roboethics.
  • Modeling and identification of control of human balance through an immersive robotic platform
  • Collaborative work includes rehabilitation robotics, medical robotics, haptics.

Selected Publications

  • J. Kim, and E.A. Croft, “Preshaping input trajectories of industrial robots for vibration suppression,” Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing54, pp.35-44, December 2018.
  • C.P. Quintero, S. Li, M.K. Pan, W.P. Chan, H.M. Van der Loos, and E.A. Croft, “Robot Programming Through Augmented Trajectories in Augmented Reality,” In 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 1838-1844). IEEE, October 2018.
  • K. Block, W.M. Hall, T. Schmader, M. Inness, and E.A. Croft, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” Social Psychology, August 2018.
  • R. Tisserand, C.J. Dakin, M.H. Van der Loos, E.A. Croft, T.J. Inglis, and J.S. Blouin, “Down regulation of vestibular balance stabilizing mechanisms to enable transition between motor states,” Elife7, p.e36123, 2018.
  • W. Hall, T. Schmader, A. Aday, M. Inness, and E. Croft, “Climate control: The relationship between social identity threat and cues to an identity-safe culture,” Journal of personality and social psychology115(3), p.446, July 2018.
  • A.M. Zanchettin, E. Croft, H. Ding, and M. Li, “Collaborative Robots in the Workplace [From the Guest Editors],” IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine25(2), pp.16-17, June 2018.
  • S. Radmard, A. Moon, and E.A. Croft, “Impacts of Visual Occlusion and Its Resolution in Robot-Mediated Social Collaborations,” International Journal of Social Robotics, pp.1-17, May 2018.
  • W. Hall, T. Schmader, A. Aday, and E.A. Croft, “Decoding the Dynamics of Social Identity Threat in the Workplace: A Within-Person Analysis of Women’s and Men’s Interactions in STEM,” Social Psychological and Personality Science, p.1948550618772582, May 2018.
  • M.K. Pan, E.A. Croft, and G. Niemeyer, “Exploration of geometry and forces occurring within human-to-robot handovers,” In Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2018 IEEE (pp. 327-333). IEEE, May 2018.
  • S. Sheikholeslami, J.W. Hart, W.P. Chan, C.P. Quintero, and E.A. Croft, “March. Prediction and Production of Human Reaching Trajectories for Human-Robot Interaction,” In Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 321-322). ACM, March 2018.
  • M.K. Pan, E.A. Croft, and G. Niemeyer, “Evaluating Social Perception of Human-to-Robot Handovers Using the Robot Social Attributes Scale (RoSAS),” In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 443-451). ACM, March 2018.
  • S. Radmard, D. Meger, J.J. Little, and E.A. Croft, “Resolving Occlusion in Active Visual Target Search of High-Dimensional Robotic Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics34(3), pp.616-629, February 2018.
  • J.W. Hart, S. Sheikholeslami, B. Gleeson, E. Croft, K. MacLean, F.P. Ferrie, C. Gosselin,and D. Laurandeau, “Developing Robot Assistants with Communicative Cues for Safe, Fluent HRI,” In Foundations of Trusted Autonomy (pp. 247-270). Springer, Cham, January 2018.
  • M.K. Pan, E.A. Croft, and G. Niemeyer, “Validation of the Robot Social Attributes Scale (RoSAS) for Human-Robot Interaction through a Human-to-Robot Handover Use Case,” The International Journal of Robotics Research36(5-7), pp.721-738, 2017.
  • S. Sheikholeslami, A. Moon, and E.A. Croft,”Cooperative gestures for industry: Exploring the efficacy of robot hand configurations in expression of instructional gestures for human–robot interaction,” The International Journal of Robotics Research36(5-7), pp.699-720, 2017.
  • S. Radmard, and E.A. Croft, “Active target search for high dimensional robotic systems,” Autonomous Robots41(1), pp.163-180, 2017.
  • J. Kim, and E.A. Croft, “Full-state tracking control for flexible joint robots with singular perturbation techniques,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, (99), pp.1-11, October 2017.
  • S. El-Shawa, N. Kraemer, S. Sheikholeslami, R. Mead, and E.A. Croft, ““Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”: Human proxemic preferences for recognizing robot gestures in physical reality and virtual reality,” In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on (pp. 341-348). IEEE, September 2017.
  • T. Shen, S. Radmard, A. Chan, E.A. Croft, and G. Chesi, “Optimized vision-based robot motion planning from multiple demonstrations,” Autonomous Robots, pp.1-16, August 2017.
  • M.K. Pan, V. Skjervøy, W.P. Chan, M. Inaba, and E.A. Croft, “Automated detection of handovers using kinematic features,” The International Journal of Robotics Research36(5-7), pp.721-738, February 2017.
  • P.A. Forbes, B.L. Luu, H.M. Van der Loos, E.A. Croft, J.T. Inglis, and J.S. Blouin, “Transformation of vestibular signals for the control of standing in humans,” Journal of neuroscience36(45), pp.11510-11520, November 2016.
  • Y. Sefidgar, K. MacLean, S. Yohanan, H.M. Van der Loos, and E. Croft, “Design and evaluation of a touch-centered calming interaction with a social robot,” IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, (1), pp.1-1, April 2016.
  • S. Haddadin, and E.A. Croft, “Erratum to: Physical Human–Robot Interaction,” In Springer Handbook of Robotics(pp. E1-E1). Springer, Cham, 2016.
  • C.T. Hung, E.A. Croft, and H.M. Van der Loos, “A wearable vibrotactile device for upper-limb bilateral motion training in stroke rehabilitation: a case study,” In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (pp. 3480-3483). IEEE, August 2015.
  • W.P. Chan, M.K. Pan, E.A. Croft, and M. Inaba, “Characterization of handover orientations used by humans for efficient robot to human handovers,” In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on (pp. 1-6). IEEE, September 2015.
  • B. Gleeson, K. Currie, K. MacLean, and E.A. Croft, “Tap and push: Assessing the value of direct physical control in human-robot collaborative tasks,” Journal of Human-Robot Interaction4(1), pp.95-113, July 2015.
  • M. Zheng, A. Moon, E.A. Croft, and M.Q.H. Meng, “Impacts of robot head gaze on robot-to-human handovers,” International Journal of Social Robotics7(5), pp.783-798, June 2015.
  • W.M. Hall, T. Schmader, and E.A. Croft, “Engineering exchanges: Daily social identity threat predicts burnout among female engineers,” Social Psychological and Personality Science6(5), pp.528-534, February 2015.
  • J.W. Hart, S. Sheikholeslami, M.K. Pan, W.P. Chan, and E.A. Croft, “Predictions of human task performance and handover trajectories for human-robot interaction,” In Proceedings of the HRI Workshop on Human-Robot Teaming (HRI’15), March 2015.
  • S. Haddadin, and E. Croft, “Physical human–robot interaction,” In Springer Handbook of Robotics (pp. 1835-1874). Springer, Cham, 2016.
    M. K. Pan, J. McGrenere, E. A. Croft, and K. E. MacLean, “Exploring the Role of Haptic Feedback in Enabling Implicit HCI-Based Bookmarking,” 2014.
  • J. W. Hart, B. Gleeson, M. Pan, Aj. Moon, K. MacLean, and E. Croft, “Gesture, Gaze, Touch, and Hesitation: Timing Cues for Collaborative Work,” 2014.
  • Aj. Moon, D. M. Troniak, B. Gleeson, M. K. Pan, M. Zeng, B. A. Blumer, K. MacLean, and E. A. Croft, “Meet me where i’m gazing: how shared attention gaze affects human-robot handover timing,” in Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction, 2014, pp. 334–341.
  • Aj. Moon, C. A. Parker, E. A. Croft, and H. M. Van der Loos, “Design and Impact of Hesitation Gestures during Human-Robot Resource Conflicts,” Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 18–40, 2013.
  • E. A. Croft, P. Winkelman, A. Boisvert, and K. Patten, “Global Engineering Leadership–Design and Implementation of Local and International Service Learning Curriculum for Senior Engineering Students,” Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, 2013.
  • C. Mavriplis and E. Croft, “Leadership Development Programs for Women in Engineering Industry,” Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, 2013.
  • T. Shen, S. Radmard, A. Chan, E. A. Croft, and G. Chesi, “Motion planning from demonstrations and polynomial optimization for visual servoing applications,” in Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, 2013, pp. 578–583.
  • A. Haddadi, E. A. Croft, B. T. Gleeson, K. MacLean, and J. Alcazar, “Analysis of task-based gestures in human-robot interaction,” in Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, 2013, pp. 2146–2152.
  • S. Radmard and E. A. Croft, “Overcoming occlusions in semi-autonomous telepresence systems,” in Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2013 16th International Conference on, 2013, pp. 1–6.
  • W. P. Chan, C. A. Parker, H. M. Van der Loos, and E. A. Croft, “A human-inspired object handover controller,” The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 971–983, 2013.

For a full list of publications, visit my profile on:
Google Scholar