Atlanta, GA: January 19, 2018 — After two days of being trapped indoors in an unusual snow storm, STEMGuyana and University of Guyana students Arrianna Mahase, Stephanie Simons, Farnaz Baksh and Aisha Peters met with nationally recognized Robotics Scientist Dr Ayanna Howard. Dr Howard is the Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech University, where she manages over 50 faculty and staff and more than $20 million in research funding.
The School of IC within the College of Computing at Georgia Tech is one of the nation’s leading schools focused on solving real-world challenges through computational capabilities that empower people and machines to affect the world. The School of IC does groundbreaking work in redefining the human experience of computing. “We excel and make advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, health care, wearable computing, robotics, CS education, social and human-centered computing, and so much more.”, said Dr. Howard.
STEMGuyana members were given a tour of the Interactive Computing lab at Georgia Tech where they learned about past and current research projects, Georgia Tech programs and an overview of Robotics industries in the world. Dr. Howard’s knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious and her talk left the Guyana team well informed and motivated to create big plans for relevant industries in Guyana.
In 2013, Dr. Howard 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.
The STEMGuyana team also visited SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design, the famous Georgia Tech Robotarium and their Innovation Center. The team will be heading back to Guyana next Tuesday after this very fruitful learning expedition.