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HCRI Speaker Series Announced

Brown University’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI) is proud to feature a multidisciplinary Speaker Series that will showcase diverse and groundbreaking research undertaken by leaders in science, technology, design, and impact of robotics on society.

The talks will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Barus and Holley Room 190 ...

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Chad Jenkins Speaks at National Geographic's Explorer Symposium

Associate Professor Chad Jenkins was named a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his research in Human-Robot Interaction, enabling new capabilities for robots to learn from and interact with humans.

National Geographic's Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers.

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ferguson_small.JPG Brown Ph.D. student Andrew Ferguson recently defended the current design of Australia's National Broadband Network in an op-ed published July 12, 2013, in Melbourne's The Age. The Australian government is currently building a nation-wide network to provide broadband Internet service, known locally as the NBN. The plan calls for 93% of Australian ...

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In a large metropolitan area such as NYC, the public transportation system is a vital part of the city's day-to-day operation. But transportation systems do not work for free: each of the millions of passengers they serve must pay for their rides. Let's take a look at their underlying payment systems.

The simplest ...

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New Edition of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice

Nearly a decade in the writing, the new edition of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice has finally been published (the first copy is shown here sitting on my somewhat messy desk). 

The book is 1209 pages, which is slightly shorter than the second edition, but it's in a larger format, which more than compensates ...

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In Fall 2012, I offered my course CSCI 1730. This is a junior-, senior-, and beginning-graduate-level course in programming languages (not in how to program, but rather in linguistic mechanisms). Together with my PhD student (and graduate TA) Joe Politz, I decided to offer it on-line in addition to in-class.

My primary goal was to ...

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What sets Coursera apart from my other experiences with distance learning (MIT's OCW, Stanford's video courses, Khan Academy[1])? All previous venues shared the essential qualities of being free, providing rich video resources, being available on demand, and not being restricted by prerequisites or tied to a syllabus (although Khan does supply a ...

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are interactive online courses that typically are free and open to anyone with an Internet connection.  Like earlier free online course offerings, e.g., MIT's OCW (Open CourseWare) initiative, they provide resources such as videos, recommended readings, and problem sets.  They differ from these earlier online courses in two ...

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Tellex small.JPG Dr. Stefanie Tellex, who joins the Department of Computer Science as Assistant Professor on September 1, 2013, has been named to the 2013 IEEE Intelligent Systems list of AI's 10 to Watch.

Dr. Tellex's selection to this list was based on her research in probabilistic graphical models, human-robot interaction, and grounded language understanding ...

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Timothy Edgar, a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute whose International Relations seminar on cyber conflict has been attracting many computer science concentrators, has been much in the news lately as he provides regular commentary on the continuing revelations about NSA surveillance.Edgar has been quoted in stories in The New York Times, Wall Street ...

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