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John Raiti

Lecturer, Full Time
Global Innovation Exchange Roo
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-287-9028


John Raiti‘s research has focused on human robot interaction projects in which he designed, implemented, and tested web interfaces for a variety of robots; including NASA Robonaut (R2), NASA Valkyrie (R5), PR2, iRobot Create, AR.Drone, and LEGO Mindstorms. One of his collaborations with Planetary and Geological Sciences at Brown University involved studying how a robot could be used to assist astronauts in the detection of geologically relevant rock samples which could then be cored, cached, and sent brought back to Earth. Some of his robotics research for the physically disabled was included in a TED talk, entitled, “Meet the robots for humanity.”

John has worked at Applied Dexterity, a spinout of the BioRobotics lab at UW, and has developed human robot interaction projects involving Applied Dexterity’s RAVEN and Cockpit robotic platforms. He designed, implemented, and conducted novel robot applications in collaboration with NASA Johnson Space Center to meet the scientific and research needs of NASA. He also has taught at the university level in various roles for over 15 years.

John also helps lead projects in robotics STEM outreach in Seattle, including mentoring the Ballard High School FIRST robotics team, Vikings 2928.

John received the doctorate and master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University, where his doctoral thesis examined human and robotic navigation with degraded sensory information. John also received the Master of Science degree in Neuroscience from Syracuse University and the Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University.