Suresh Kumaar Jayaraman

Robotics Institute . Carnegie Mellon University . Postdoctoral researcher at TBD2

I will be joining Carnegie Mellon Univerity as a postdoc with Prof. Aaron Steinfeld, Prof. Reid Simmons, and Prof. Henny Admoni. Previously, I was a postdoc at Cornell Univerity working with Prof. Guy Hoffman. I completed my Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, advised by Professor Dawn Tilbury. My research motivation is in developing safe and trustworthy human-AI interactions, whether the human and AI agents are operating together as a team or as individuals. My research focuses on (i) identifying and examining the effects of various antecedents of trust, (ii) developing computational models of human behaviors and their interaction behaviors with autonomous systems, and (iii) developing adaptive autonomous systems that can calibrate and maintain human trust to improve safety and performance.

My CV can be found here.

Current position

Postdoctoral associate at Carnegie Mellon University working with Prof. Aaron Steinfeld.

Prior education

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at UM, Ann Arbor, in 2021.
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UM, Ann Arbor, in 2018.
  • B.E. in Production Engineering at Anna University , India in 2013.

Research Interests

group human-AI interactions, trust in AI/robots, human behavior modeling, interaction-aware control, socially intelligent agents

Clubs and Recreation

Apart from research, I have been part of Graduate Rackham International as the co-chair of the Mentorship team (2019 - 2021) to help international graduate students find appropriate support and mentorship. When not working, I enjoy cooking, playing board games, and watching movies/series.


Aug 2021 Started my postdoc position at the HRC2 lab at Cornell University with Prof. Guy Hoffman.
Jul 2021 Defended my Ph.D. thesis titled “Human behavior modeling and human beahvior-aware control of automated vehicles”.
Feb 2021 Our recent paper on multimodal pedestrian behavior modeling got published in IEEE Access.
Dec 2020 Our paper, “Analysis and Prediction of Pedestrian Crosswalk Behavior during Automated Vehicle Interactions”, was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: InfoSciRN: Robotics (Topic).
Jul 2020 Our paper on behavior-aware automated vehicle control was presented at the American Control Conference (ACC).

Selected publications

  1. Multimodal Hybrid Pedestrian: A Hybrid Automaton Model of Urban Pedestrian Behavior for Automated Driving Applications
    Jayaraman, Suresh Kumaar, Robert, Lionel P, Yang, X Jessie, and Tilbury, Dawn M
    IEEE Access 2021
  2. Efficient Behavior-aware Control of Automated Vehicles at Crosswalks using Minimal Information Pedestrian Prediction Model
    Jayaraman, S. K., Robert, L. P., Yang, X. J., Pradhan, A. K., and Tilbury, D. M.
    In 2020 American Control Conference (ACC) 2020
  3. Pedestrian Trust in Automated Vehicles: Role of Traffic Signal and AV Driving Behavior
    Jayaraman, Suresh, Creech, Chandler, Dawn, Tilbury, Yang, X Jessie, Pradhan, Anuj, Tsui, Katherine, and Robert, Lionel
    Frontiers in Robotics and AI 2019