Kevin Squire

About me

Greetings, and welcome to my home page! I have recently defended my PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I've been working in the Language Acquisition and Robotics Group under the direction of Dr. Stephen Levinson. For our work, we are attempting to build an intelligent robot capable of learning language. In addition to developing much of the basic hardware and the core software framework for the robot, my PhD research has focused on creating an associative semantic memory using a cascade of hidden Markov models (HMMs).

My curriculum vitae.

Demonstration Video

In this demonstration, our robot Illy is wandering around in her pen. For some time now, we've been teaching her the names of some objects, and in this video, I call to her, and tell her to play with the cat. After she approaches the cat, I tell her the word for cat a few times to help strengthen the association between that word and the object she sees in front of her. After this she plays with the cat briefly, then looks around for her other toys.

During my PhD research, I initially did most of Illy's basic hardware modifications, and designed a distributed computing framework and API to offload much of the sensor processing and control decisions to other computers. Based on this harware and API, the demonstration here highlights work by Danfeng Li (sound source localization), Ruei-Sung Lin (video feature extraction), Matthew Kleffner (audio feature extraction), myself (audio, visual, and concept recognition and learning), and Matt McClain (working memory and robot controller).

Robot demonstration video: divx4(3.6 MB), mpeg1(18 MB) wmv(3.8 MB).

Older videos of our group's research:

Illy finds a can... (12 MB)
Speech Imitation (4.6) MB)
Voice Control (31 MB)

Selected Presentations

Lincoln Laboratory Presentation (1 MB)

Selected Publications


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