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Brown CS is happy to announce that Stefanie Tellex has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective as of July 1, 2019. "This achievement," she says, "could not have happened without my amazing students and collaborators. I'm privileged to work with some of the best people in the world, and my research success would not be possible without them. I have truly found an academic home in the Brown CS Department, and I greatly appreciate finding such a supportive, inclusive, and friendly
Stefanie came to Brown in 2013 after working as a research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). She was also a postdoctoral research associate at MIT, serving as the technical lead for the Interpretation of Spatial Language Project, which worked to develop a language understanding system for robotic mobile manipulators.
Stefanie's Humans 2 Robots Laboratory aims to create robots that collaborate with people to meet their needs, so that human-robot collaboration approaches the ease of human-human collaboration. They apply probabilistic methods, corpus-based training, and decision theory to develop interactive robotic systems that can understand and generate natural language. Their focus is on three key challenges: 1) perceiving the world using the robot’s sensors, 2) communicating with people to understand their needs and how to meet them, and 3) acting to change the world in ways that meet people’s needs.
In addition to her many honors (they include an NSF CAREER Award, Sloan Fellowship, DARPA Director's Fellowship, and a DARPA Young Faculty Award), Stefanie has served as an advisor for a children's book about robots and contributed to an exhibit at London's Science Museum. Most recently, she received a Seed Award from Brown's Office of the Vice President for Research and Brown's Early Career Research Achievement Award.
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