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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Affiliate - Visiting Researcher
  • PhD Candidate - University of Pennsylvania


I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. I am co-advised by Vijay Kumar and George Pappas in the GRASP Lab. I hold a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State with honors in Electrical Engineering, and I received a Robotics M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the GRASP Lab as a PhD candidate, I worked for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, conducting research in decision-making systems as part of the Homeland Protection Group. 


My research interest focuses on enabling teams of robots to accomplish complex tasks in the real world. We are investigating the impact of heterogeneity (diversity in robots' sensors, capabilities, and strategies) on a team's performance, including efficiency and resilience. Additionally, complex tasks in the real world are often human-centric. Therefore, we study the design of coordination strategies for robot teams within the context human systems; we consider not only the performance of the robot team but whether the team is treating humans fairly. 


Malencia, M., Kumar, V., Pappas, G., & Prorok, A. Fair Robust Assignment using Redundancy. IEEE Robotics and Automation letters (2021).

Raymond, A., Malencia, M., Paulino-Passos, G., Prorok, A. 2021. Fair Decentralised Conflict Resolution via Privacy-Aware Strategic Dialogues. (in progress)

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