Boyuan Chen


Arriving July 2022

I am an incoming Assistant Professor at Duke, where I will be leading the General Robotics Lab. I obtained my PhD in Computer Science at Columbia University with Hod Lipson. My research focuses on Robotics, Computer Vision and Machine Learning. I am also broadly interested in AI for science.

I am interested in developing generalist robots that learn, act and improve by perceiving and interacting with the complex and dynamic world. Ultimately, I hope that robots and machines can be equipped with high-level cognitive skills to assist people and unleash human creativity.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Columbia University, 2022
  • B.S. Jilin University (China), 2016
  • M.S. Columbia University, 2008

Research Interests

Robotics, computer vision, machine learning, AI for science

Courses Taught

  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering