Tapo’s research aims at enabling robots to assist people with mobility limitations with activities of daily living. The fundamental research question that Tapo is interested in is how to leverage robot-world physical and social interactions in unstructured human environments to intelligently and efficiently perform relevant activities of daily living. This spans research in the fields of Human-Robot Interaction, Haptic Perception, and Robot Manipulation. With his background in both CS and ME, Tapo is a full-stack roboticist. He is not only passionate about developing algorithms that solve fundamental problems in these domains but also strongly believes in developing real robotic systems, deploying them in the real world, and evaluating them with real users. Before joining Cornell, Tapo was an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He did his Ph.D. in Robotics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also previously worked at Disney Research. For details, see his CV.