Psychosocial Robotic Systems Working Group Awarded ‘Think Big’ Grant

The Think Big @ Mississippi State University Project Selection Committee has selected the following project for funding, Developing a Robotic Application for Bullying Intervention. The project team is interdisciplinary and comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering. The project will be advised by the Psychosocial Robotic Systems Working group sponsored by ORED that is led by Dr. Cindy Bethel.

The investigators for this project are: Megan Stubbs-Research Team Leader (M.S. student), Jennifer Carruth (M.S. student), and Jeannice Louine (Ph.D. student) from Sociology, Kaleb Stuart and Kayla Huddleston, (B.S. students) from Computer Science and Engineering.

Arya Selected as 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher for BCoE

Ankit Arya been selected as the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher for the Bagley College of Engineering. He will be the college’s submission to the university research awards program, run by the office of the VP for Research and Economic Development. Ankit has worked on research with Dr. Cindy Bethel from CSE and Dr. Derek Anderson from ECE.

National Publicity for STaRS Lab

The NewScientist published an online news article, Robot inquisition keeps witnesses on the right track, about the Robot Interview Study conducted in the STaRS lab.

The news story is based on the article Eyewitnesses are Misled by Human But Not Robot Interviewers that will be presented on March 4th at the 8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Tokyo, Japan.



Research Study Invitation

We would like to ask you to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to determine people’s preferences for different form factors (shape and coloration) in robotic therapy support tools. The information received in this study will be used in the development of the Therabot, a robotic therapy support tool that counselors can use to assist in therapeutic sessions to treat sexual assault or trauma victims. The study consists of an online survey that should take around 15 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate in the survey, please read the Informed Consent form at the link below before beginning the survey. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact the investigator, Dr. Cindy L. Bethel, at Thank you for your time.

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Ankit Arya to present at 2013 National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference

Ankit Arya’s abstract submission, “Computer Vision for Detection of SWAT Teams in Challenging Environments Using Long Wave Infrared Imagers ,” was approved for presentation for at the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Conference 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Chosen from more than 3,500 submissions, his abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to his field of study and he has been offered the opportunity to present his work to his peers, faculty, and staff from around the world.