Atlanta, Georgia: January 16, 2018 . — STEMGuyana members and University of Guyana students Farnaz Baksh, Arrianna Mahase, Stephanie Simon and Aisha Peters visited Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, Robotics Department today, to learn more about Georgia Tech’s Research and Development and Robotics research programs. The team met with Georgia Tech’s PhD student Tesca Fitzgerald who led them through a tour of the various robotics labs and introduced them to the several robots and projects on which the graduate students were currently working.
Tesca Fitzgerald is a fifth-year Computer Science PhD candidate in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research vision lies at the intersection of Human-Robot Interaction and Cognitive Systems. She develops algorithms and knowledge representations for robots to learn, adapt, and reuse task knowledge through interaction with a human teacher. In doing so, She applies concepts of social learning and cognition to a robot which adapts to human environments.
The team’s visit continues tomorrow with a visit to Georgia Tech’s world renowned robotarium and then concludes on Thursday with a visit with Georgia Tech educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr Ayanna Howard.
Currently, Dr. Howard is Professor and Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds the position of Associate Chair for Faculty Development in ECE and Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS).
In 2015, she founded and now directs the $3M traineeship initiative in healthcare robotics and functions as the lead investigator on the NSF undergraduate summer research program in robotics. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics as a university spin-off and holds a position in the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Zyrobotics, LLC is currently licensing technology derived from her research and has released their first suite of mobile therapy and educational products for children with differing needs.
STEMGuyana would like to thank University of Guyana and all of our donors who made this visit possible.