Associate Professor Chad Jenkins has been named a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. National Geographic's Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports the uniquely gifted and inspiring who are at the beginning of a promising career in exploration and whose recent accomplishments show a potential for future breakthroughs.
“I am thrilled to join the 2013 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers,” stated Jenkins. “Such recognition would not be possible without the supportive environment of Brown CS to truly explore new areas of research beyond common conventions. My hope is that Human-Robot Interaction will have the same level of impact on the world that computing has had in recent decades, thanks in part to foundational work by several of my colleagues in Brown CS.”
Professor Jenkins earned recognition for his work in robot learning - training robots to learn from human demonstrations. His research group collects data from these demonstrations and creates algorithms that allow robots to draw from prior experience when faced with a new environment. Professor Jenkins envisions a future where robots will be widely accessible and will help society be productive in industry as well as daily life.