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2013 Keynote Speakers

Each year the Global Conference on Educational Robotics features talks by internationally recognized robotics and programming experts from academia, government and industry.

The 2013 GCER speakers:

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Dr. David Miller
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Dr. David Miller is a co-founder of KISS Institute for Practical Robotics and currently holds the Lester Wilkonson Chair in Intelligent Systems at the University of Oklahoma's College of Engineering. Miller's research spans several areas including space robotics, robots for mobility assistance to people with disabilities and robotics for STEM education.



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Dr. Li Song
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Li Song, Ph.D., P.E. has been an Assistant Professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma since August 2009. The School is one of seven schools within the College of Engineering. Her major research topics are related to energy efficiency improvement, optimization and fault detection in building mechanical systems.



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Ross Mead
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Ross Mead has been an active participant in competition robotics since 2001, and shares his experiences as an instructor and mentor for the Botball program, as well as in K-12 and university classrooms. Ross graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 2007, where he conducted research on multi-robot control and coordination. His SIUE Master's Thesis was designed and implemented using hardware and software platforms utilized in the Botball program. Ross is now a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where he conducts research in “socially assistive robotics”, using robots to help those in need, such as children with autism, post-stroke rehabilitation patients, the elderly, and people with Alzheimer’s disease. He aims to identify and model what he calls “social behavior primitives”, atomic or micro behaviors that serve as building blocks to facilitate social interactions between humans and robots.