Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Billie J. Ball Endowed Professor in Engineering
Director of the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems (STaRS) Lab
The Focus of My Research is Human-Robot Interaction and Human-Computer Interaction/Interface Design
This involves the investigation of how robots interact with humans in different application areas. As robots become more involved in daily life it is important to determine their impact on people, how people will operate the robots, and interact with them when they are encountered. My research is currently focused in four primary application areas:
Robots used as a therapy support tool for psychological trauma.
Robots used to gather information from people with a special focus on children.
Robots used as law enforcement and military support (tactical team integration)
Link to Projects on my STaRS Lab Website
2009 - 2011
I was a CCC/NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Social Robotics Laboratory at Yale University. I obtained specialized training in working with children including children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Use of Robots as Intermediaries for Gathering Sensitive Information from Children
Child eyewitness memory evaluations
Learning about children’s experiences with bullying for developing better interventions
Robot Integration with SWAT and Military Tactical Teams
Robot integration for covert and night operations
Supervisory control interfaces for tactical teams
Distraction devices for officer and soldier safety
Protocols for robot first contact
Interface technologies for hostage negotiations
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in covert and night operations.
Law Enforcement Training Robotic Testbed Facility
2004 - 2009
University of South Florida
I obtained my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. I was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and a Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Graduate Research Fellow. My research involved the use of emotional expression and proxemics in non-anthropomorphic robots used for urban search and rescue operations.
2001 - 2004
Unversity of South Florida - Tampa, FL
I obtained my Bachelor's in Computer Science (summa cum laude). My honors thesis was titled "Mining for Implications in Medical Data."
Therabot: A Robotic Therapy Support System
Survivors of Sexual Assault and/or Domestic Violence
Child Victims of Maltreatment
Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Second Prototype Currently in Development
IEEE (Senior Member - 2015), IEEE Computer Society (Senior Member - 2015), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (Senior Member - 2015), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
(a) SWAT User Interface and Operator Control
(b) Robot Entering Testbed Facility
(c) Robot Exploring Hallway Looking for Suspect
(d) Suspect Located by SWAT Team and Robot