Eric Deng



[1] 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, March-2018 (To-Appear).

[2] 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).  December-2017 (To Appear).

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

[4] 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, May-2017. (.pdf)

[5] 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), May-2017. (.pdf)

[6] 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, March-2016. (.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", Invited Talk 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”, Guest 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.


Judge and Reviewer Roles

Reviewer for the International Journal of Social Robotics

Special Awards Judge (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)) for 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)



Honorable Mention at the 2017 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work (Physical Sciences and Engineering)

Second Place at the 2016 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work (Physical Sciences and Engineering)

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

Boeing Design Challenge Winner


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

Richardson Research Fellow

Viterbi Undergraduate Fellow

Boeing Scholarship Recipient

Merit Research Fellow

W.V.T. Rusch Honors Student/USC Viterbi Dean's List

Lockheed Martin Merit Scholar



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