Cindy L. Bethel, Lydia Tapia, and Aleksandra Faust have been awarded funding to support a Discipline Specific Workshop (DSW) for a Robotics Career Mentoring Workshop for Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Robotics sponsored by the CRA-W (Computing Research Association – Women) and CDC (Coalition to Diversify Computing). The workshop will be co-located with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) flagship conference the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015), May 25-30, 2015 in Seattle, WA. This will be a high profile workshop to assist undergraduate and graduate students determine the best options for career paths including graduate studies, post-graduate studies, industry vs. academics paths, etc. This is one of the first workshops of its kind open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the robotics community.
Dr. Cindy Bethel has been awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement for her previously funded NSF EAGER grant.
Dexter Duckworth has been awarded a Shackouls Honor College Summer Research Fellowship Award for his proposed research project, “Tactile Hair Sensors for Legged Robot Navigation.”
Joe Crumpton’s paper, “Conveying Emotion in Robotic Speech: Lessons Learned”, was accepted for a podium presentation at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25-29.
Dexter Duckworth received the Meritorious Award in the Junior Category for his poster titled “Robot Intent.” Alexander Lalejini received the Meritorious Award in the Senior Category for his poster titled “Robot Control.”
Both students received a certificate and $200 as a reward for their work.
Ph.D. student and STaRS Lab member Joe Crumpton presented his vocal prosody work at the inaugural Spring 2014 Bagley Graduate Research Poster Competition on March 24th. His presentation, titled “Conveying Emotion in Robotic Speech: Lessons Learned” received a Distinguished award of a certificate and $300. Joe is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Cindy Bethel. Congratulations to Joe on this accomplishment.
The extended abstract entitled “The Use of Vocal Prosody to Communicate Emotion in Robot Speech” by Joe Crumpton has been accepted to the highly competitive Pioneers Workshop at the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. This is a competitive workshop open to graduate students and postdocs and it is to establish their cohort for future collaborations and information sharing.
Joe is a PhD student in Computer Science working under the direction of Dr. Cindy Bethel and member of the STaRS lab.