Current Studies Seeking Participants

Spring Semester 2015

Two studies are collecting data this semester. If you are taking a psychology class here at MSU and would like to receive Psychology Research Program (PRP) credit, sign up at the Sona PRP system for the “Vocal Prosody of Robots” and/or “Human to Robot Inquiry” studies.

If you are not in a psychology class you can sign up for the studies on the following pages:
Vocal Prosody of Robots
Human to Robot Inquiry

Follow the link(s) to sign up as a participant. Most studies take place in Room 214 of Butler Hall (Computer Science and Engineering Building).

Bethel Receives funding for DSW Workshop

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.

Duckworth Awarded Research Fellowship

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.”

Crumpton Earns Award at Poster Competition

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.