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Three CS Majors Present at International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)

students showing their poster project.
Pictured from left to right: Mila Manzano, Eden Espinosa, and Kristen O’Donnell

On March 12, CS majors Mila ManzanoKristen O’Donnell, and Eden Espinosa gave a research presentation, titled “MiRODES: Mini Intelligent Robot for On-campus Domain-specific Event Support”, in the Student Design Challenge session at the 19th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) held in Boulder, Colorado.

Under the guidance of their mentor, Dr. Sejong Yoon, the team designed a prototype tour guide robot that can collaborate with human volunteers in on-campus open house events. With no prior experience in robotics or human computer interaction research, they worked on the project over seven weeks in Summer 2023, and presented their initial outcomes at TCNJ’s MUSE presentation session last Fall. Since then, the LCD touch panel user interface module has been further improved using open source large language model, through Mila’s research with Dr. Yoon over the Fall 2023 semester. The HRI presentation covers the entire progress of the project as well as its future directions.

The paper has been published and available on ACM Digital Library.  The project, including students’ travel was supported by National Science Foundation grant #1955365 awarded to Dr. Yoon.

Congratulations to Mila, Kristen, and Eden on a successful presentation!