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The Department is delighted to announce the addition of Stefanie Tellex to the faculty roster as an assistant professor, starting in the fall semester.

“We are very excited to welcome Stefanie to the department,” said Chair Roberto Tamassia. “She has outstanding creativity and unbounded energy. Her expertise in robotics and natural language understanding is highly synergistic with our strategic research priorities and we look forward to her leading new interdisciplinary projects.”

Eugene Charniak added, “I think it is great that Stefanie is coming to Brown.  Her research area (human-robot communication) is exciting, and her approach (graphical models) is exactly right.”

"Stefanie has been a tremendous contributor to robotics and artificial intelligence in her young career,” said Chad Jenkins.  “She has demonstrated a unique ability to find new approaches to solve hard technical problems while also improving the quality of human-robot interactions.  We are thrilled to have such a rising star."

Stefanie received her PhD, M.S., M.Eng and S.B. from MIT and is currently working as a research scientist in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She was also a Postdoctoral research associate at MIT where she was the technical lead for the Interpretation of Spatial Language project, developing a language understanding system for robotic mobile manipulators. Stefanie’s current research interests include probabilistic graphical models, human-robot interaction, and grounded language understanding.

According to Stefanie, “I'm very excited to be joining the Brown Computer Science department. The CS department’s interdisciplinary environment provides new perspectives and tools to address the multi-faceted problems of human-robot interaction and language understanding.  I look forward to engaging with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to address these challenges.”

Stefanie joins our other three new faculty members, Michael LittmanTim Kraska and Paul Valiant.