Alper Canberk
ac4983 at columbia dot edu

I'm a third year Computer Science student at Columbia University, and an aspiring AI researcher.

I am fascinated by Embodied AI. I not only believe that intelligent physical automation can help humanity tackle epic challenges, but I find joy studying the field; it poses difficult problems to ponder, philosophical questions to answer, countless design decisions to make, and creative solutions to dream of.

Nowadays I’m interested in video diffusion priors for robotics.

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Cloth Funnels: Canonicalized-Alignment for Multi-Purpose Garment Manipulation

Alper Canberk, Cheng Chi, Huy Ha, Benjamin Burchfiel, Eric Cousineau, Siyuan Feng, Shuran Song
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2023
Website   •   ArXiv   •   GitHub  •   Video

Learning Human Objectives from Sequences of Physical Corrections

Mengxi Li, Alper Canberk, Dylan P. Losey, Dorsa Sadigh
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2021
ArXiv  •   GitHub


State of Video Understanding Models as Robot Task Verifiers – Topics in Robot Learning Final Project

In this report, we examine the effects of camera angle, video input segment, the object of interest, and background on the ability of video understanding models to accurately classify robot actions. Additionally, we explore how to best utilize the action classifier's output in robotic manipulation.
December 2022

Oculus VR Handtracking Whiteboard

A Unity VR app where the user can dynamically create, move, and resize whiteboards (on a real wall if they prefer), and can write on it using their real fingers.
June 2021
Medium  •   GitHub

Nexus Virtual Graduation

A real time multiplayer platform for my high school’s virtual graduation experience on Unity. Features include: Google Maps 3D location scraping, student avatar creation, free movement around 3d model of the real campus, P2P Real-time spacial voice and video chat, in-game YouTube with adjustable screen, and inter-character interactions such as diploma giving, online event sign-ups.
May 2020
Website  •   Video  •   GitHub

Teaching & Service

  • Teaching Assistant for CS 4771 Machine Learning with Nakul Verma - Spring 2024
  • Teaching Assistant for CS 4231 Analysis of Algorithms I with Christos Papadimitriou - Spring 2024
  • Teaching Assistant for CS 4231 Analysis of Algorithms I with Tim Roughgarden – Fall 2023
  • Conference Reviewer for IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) – Spring 2023
  • Student Volunteer for Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS) – Summer 2022