Many of us were popping corks and clinking glasses as 2015 turned to 2016, but Professor Stefanie Tellex of Brown University's Department of Computer Science had a special reason to celebrate: she'd recently been named one of four "Women Who Changed Science in 2015" by Wired UK.
Featured alongside colleagues who used human stem cells to create functioning miniature kidneys and created a biocompatible adhesive for patching holes in cardiac tissue, Stefanie is praised for her recent work with a Baxter robot ("one of the most compelling stories of the year") and asked about her other research into natural language human-robot communication and the future of personal robotics in our homes. This recent honor provides the capstone for a strong year in which Stefanie won a DARPA Young Faculty Award, received a free Baxter robot for co-creating an award-winning video, and had her work featured by media outlets such as MIT Tech Review, All Tech Considered (National Public Radio), Slashdot, Great Innovative Ideas, and Smithsonian.
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