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Diversity and Inclusion in Robotics: The Black in Robotics Initiative

  • 21 Jan 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
  • Zoom event, Information will be sent upon registration
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Diversity and Inclusion in Robotics:
The Black in Robotics Initiative

Thursday, 21 January 2021

9:00 am EST

The American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) and the Engineering & Computing Education Program (ECEP) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) are excited to present a series of webinars exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE/I) in the design and management of technological systems. 

The series continues on 21 January 2021 from 9-10 am ET with Dr. Ayanna Howard on the Blacks in Robotics initiative.

About the Presenter

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership on AI and Autodesk. Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics, has resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects - from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM apps for children with diverse learning needs.  To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, which develops STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard was a Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also served as the Associate Director of Research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Chair of the Robotics Ph.D. program, and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development in ECE at Georgia Tech.

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