Veronica Ahumada is the principal investigator of a $1 million dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) National Robotics Initiative grant, Robot-Mediated Learning: Exploring School-Deployed Collaborative Robots for Homebound Children, to create better telerobots for children who are restricted to their homes due to medical conditions or disabilities. Ahumada is also co-PI on a $1.2 million dollar University of California, Multicampus Research Projects and Initiatives grant, Robot-facilitated Health Equity in Post-Pandemic California and Beyond, to create telemanipulation robots for healthcare worker safety and social inclusion of individuals with medical conditions. Her work on these projects builds on her National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded biomedical and health informatics postdoctoral research in UC Irvine's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
Ahumada's research encompasses strong interdisciplinary efforts between medicine, health informatics, computer science, robotics, learning sciences, and the technology industry. Her research interests include telerobots, health equity, robot-mediated social-emotional development, inclusive future, and emerging technologies that facilitate improved health outcomes.