Look closely at your students. That tall lanky one might just be—a robot. Want students to observe the habitat in a remote swamp? Send in the drones.
Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades, more recently in medicine, and now in and beyond the classroom. Join us to learn how robots work, what robots can do and about the innovative robotic developments at USC. Who knows, you may be meeting your next student.
About the Facilitators
Jenay Beer is an engineering psychologist and assistant professor, with a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and Computing, and the College of Social Work at USC. She is the director of the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab and transdisciplinary laboratory comprised of students from multiple fields and departments. She is also the associate director of Usability for SmartHOME, a University of South Carolina partnership and a SmartState Center of Economic Excellence. Engineering psychology (also known as Human Factors) is Dr. Beer’s passion and she strives to ensure “the human is considered in the engineering equation.” Her research focuses on the usability, feasibility and design of assistive technology, such as robots, that can help future generations of older adults maintain their independence. She is active in the emerging field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), with her research intersecting the fields of HRI, computer science and psychology.
Jason O'Kane is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He holds the Ph.D. (2007) and M.S. (2005) degrees from the University of Illinois and the B.S. (2001) degree from Taylor University, all in Computer Science. His research spans algorithmic robotics, planning under uncertainty, and computational geometry.
Ioannis Rekleitis is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Computer Science, McGill University. He holds a PhD (2002) and M.S. (1995) from the School of Computer Science, McGill University, and a B.S.(1991) from the Department of Informatics, University of Athens, Greece. His research has focused on mobile robotics and in particular in the area of cooperating intelligent agents with application to multi-robot cooperative localization, mapping, exploration and coverage. My interests extend to computer vision and sensor networks.
Karina Liles is a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering from Bennettsville, SC. She has her BS in Computer Science from Spelman College and her MEd in Educational Technology and ME in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Her primary research is in educational robotics. She is a GEM fellow and recently completed an internship with the US Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).
Xian Wu is a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering. She received her BS in Resource Environment and Urban and Rural Planning Management from Si Chuan Normal University, and her MEERM from the University of South Carolina. Xian is interested in assistive technology for helping older adults such as using sensors to do fall assessment.
Voyages into the Technology Frontier: Robotics