Eric Deng



[1] Eric C. Deng, Bilge Mutlu, and Maja J. Matarić. “Embodiment in Socially Interactive Robotics”, Refereed journal paper in Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 2019. (Link) [Amazon]

[2] Eric C. Deng and Maja J. Matarić. "Object-Based Generative Methods for Embodied Gestures in Socially Interactive Robots”, Refereed paper in AAAI Spring Symposium on UX in Artificial Intelligence, 2018. (.pdf)

[3] Eric C. Deng, Bilge Mutlu, and Maja J. Matarić. "Formalizing the Design Space and Product Development Cycle for Socially Interactive Robots", Refereed Workshop paper at the workshop on Social Robots in the Wild at the 2018 ACM Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2018. (.pdf)

[4] Caitlyn Clabaugh, David Becerra, Eric C. Deng, and Maja J. Matarić. "Month-long, In-home Case Study of a Socially Assistive Robot for Children with Autism", Late-Breaking Report in ACM Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2018. (.pdf)

[5] Elaine Short, Eric C. Deng , David Feil-Seifer, and Maja J. Matarić. "Understanding Agency in Interactions Between Children with Autism and Socially Assistive Robots", Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI). 2017. (.pdf)

[6] Eric C. Deng and Maja J. Matarić. “Model-Based Approaches for Attention Acquisition for Human-Robot Interaction”, Refereed Workshop paper at the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC ’17) Workshop on Playing Together. 2017(.pdf)

[7] Eric C. Deng. “Minimal Behaviors in Socially Interactive Robots”, Undergraduate Thesis, University of Southern California Department of Computer Science and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, 2017. (.pdf)

[8] Eric C. Deng and Maja J. Matarić. "Mime-Inspired Behaviors in Minimal Social Robots", Workshop paper in 2017 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Workshop on What Can Actors Teach Robots (ACM CHI '17), 2017. (.pdf)

[9] Eric C. Deng and Ross Mead. "Electromagnetic Platform Stabilization for Mobile Robots", Workshop paper in AAAI Spring Symposium on Enabling Computing Research in Socially Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction: A Community-Driven Modular Research Platform, 2016. (.pdf)

[10] Eric C. Deng, Paul Chyz, and Chris Kyriakakis. “Head Related Transfer Function Uniqueness for Predicting Spatial Localization Error”, Pre-Print. (.pdf)

Invited Talks and Public Demos

"Design Thinking for Teaching Design Thinking in Introductory Engineering Education", Invited Lecture at University of Southern California, November 2017. 

"End-to-End Design of Socially Interactive Robotics", Distinguished Lecture at Northwestern Polytechnical University (Xi'an, China), August 16, 2017.

“Socially Assistive Robots for Children with Autism”, Symposium Demo at the 2017 Southern California Symposium on Robotics, April 15, 2017.

“Designing Application-Specific Socially Assistive Robots”, Invited Lecture for the California College of the Arts Masters in Design, Interaction Design Class, Feb 28, 2017.

“Socially Assistive Robots and the Classroom of Tomorrow”, Invited Panelist at The Growing Place, Santa Monica, CA, Jan 20, 2017.

Notable Awards

Grand Challenges Scholar [Advancing Personalized Learning]

Computing Research Association-Education (CRA-E) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Finalist

W.V.T. Rusch Honors Colloquium Outstanding Moderator Award

Boeing Design Challenge Winner


Stamps Foundation Scholarship (Full Tuition and $20,000 Academic Stipend)

Order of Arete

Richardson Research Fellow

Viterbi Undergraduate Fellow

Boeing Scholarship Recipient


Scared by artificial intelligence? Fear not, tech-savvy USC grad says, University of Southern California News

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Viterbi School of Engineering (Interaction Lab)

Deep Learning for Human-Centered Applications, Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

The First Step Towards an Engineering Dream, Viterbi School of Engineering