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.

Eyewitnesses are Misled by Human but Not Robot Interviewers

The paper, “Eyewitnesses are Misled by Human but Not Robot Interviewers” by Cindy L. Bethel, Deborah Eakin, Sujan Anreddy, James Kaleb Stuart, and Daniel Carruth, has been accepted for oral presentation  in the technical research program and for publication in the proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2013. HRI 2013 will be held in Tokyo, Japan in March 2013. The acceptance rate for the conference this year was 25%.