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College of Science & Mathematics

Computer Science professor, Jennifer Kay, awarded NSF grant

Date: February 22, 2011


Dr. Jennifer Kay, associate professor of Computer Science, together with co-PI Dr. Tom Lauwers, (chief roboticist, BirdBrain Technologies in Pittsburgh) have been awarded $6,283 by NSF  and $3,500 by iRobot  in support of the "Robot Hoedown & Rodeo," which is being held at the 42nd Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (March 9-12, 2011 in Dallas, TX).  The conference is held yearly to addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses, according to the organization.

Conference attendees will be invited to try their hands at programming robots if they've never done so before, or to try different robot platforms if they have robot experience. Participants will program the robots to "dance" in the Hoedown event and to tackle some challenges with a western theme in the Rodeo event. Noted Kay, "Robots are a great means for teaching computer science, but a lot of computer science educators have never programmed robots before.

For more information, please visit the event website at: