JULY 25, 2017 - CEC graduate student, Yosef Razin, traveled to Singapore in June to present at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. Yosef presented his paper, "Predicting Task Intent from Surface Electromyography Using Layered Hidden Markov Models," coauthored with Kevin Pluckter, Dr. Jun Ueda, and Dr. Karen Feigh. The paper can be accessed via IEEE Xplore.
JULY 18, 2017 - Humans instinctively expect robots to behave morally and make ethical decisions, so how should we start to develop a conceptual theory of morality in machine autonomy in addition to understanding, formalizing, and expressing trust itself? This was the challenge put to CEC Prof. Amy Pritchett as an invited speaker for the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2017 Workshop: Morality and Social Trust in Autonomous Robotics on July 16th at MIT.
JULY 5, 2017 - CEC Postdoc, Marc Canellas, was recently interviewed to discuss his upcoming IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship where he will serve as a science and technology advisor in Congress and how his experiences in the CEC have prepared him to succeed in that unique role.
JUNE 28, 2017 - Professor Amy R. Pritchett, founder of the Cognitive Engineering Center, has been appointed as the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. She and her husband, Professor Eric Johnson will be leaving the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering to join the Penn State Aerospace Engineering faculty this fall.
MAY 10, 2017 -- A team of CEC researchers led by graduate students Martijn Ijtsma and Lanssie Ma with Profs. Amy Pritchett and Karen Feigh won the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award for their paper, “Work Dynamics of Taskwork and Teamwork in Function Allocation for Manned Spaceflight Operations” at the 2017 International Society of Aviation Psychology. The review committee stated that they particularly liked the relevance of the problem and the rigorousness of the research.
APR 5, 2017 -- Today, CEC graduate student, Marc Canellas, successfully defended his PhD in Aerospace Engineering, titled, "Decision Making with Incomplete Information." His research was advised by Professor Karen Feigh of the CEC with committee members Prof. Brian German (AE), Prof. Amy Pritchett (AE), Prof. Steve Cross (ISYE), and Prof. Juan Rogers (PUBP).
Yosef Razin presented his paper, "Learning to Predict Intent from Gaze During Robotic Hand-Eye Coordination Tasks" at the 2017 AAAI conference this week in San Francisco, CA. The work showed how accounting for anticipatory eye movements in addition to the movements of the robot improves intent estimation. This research compares the application of various machine learning methods to intent prediction from gaze tracking data during robotic hand-eye coordination tasks.