Interpersonal skills: We highly value interpersonal skills in my students. Only those who are friendly, happy, helpful, with strong teamwork skills are encouraged to apply.
Intellectual curiosity: We value curiosity and the courage to ask interesting questions. Questions that start with “what if we did…?” can lead to an interesting exercise of building something novel. Questions that start with “Is it really the case that…” can lead to critical thinking that sparks a new study.
Interdisciplinarity & Inclusivity: Our research program is highly interdisciplinary, and my research group aims to provide an inclusive research environment for everyone. It has room for people with various backgrounds, such as policy, ethics, psychology etc., and of course technical backgrounds (electrical, computer science, data science, mechatronics, mechanical). I also encourage indigenous students, LGBTQ+ students, and students of other minority groups to apply.
Technical skills: Training in robotics, controls, signal processing, human factors, psychology, machine learning are very valuable. Even if you do not have formal training in technical disciplines, I value evidence of proactive and hands-on attitude towards them. Completion of online and other forms of self-training in technical areas are all good signs.