These are the Women in Tech

A few weeks back a well done infographic came out highlighting the gender gap with girls in science and engineering. While true and disheartening, Bots High highlights the little number – the small percentage of girls who study science in high school, build robots, and go off to major in engineering at MIT or Duke. Hopefully as more girls see other girls building robots, they’ll realize they can do it too. So using some of the statistics, and finding some gems in old films, I put together some videos highlighting these statistics and countering it with footage of girls in action in Bots High. The three are below. I hope you enjoy. “Let’s Eliminate the Girls” – Women in Engineering The Future 3 Women Engineers These are the Girls Who Major in Science Sources Getting Acquainted with Engineering...

Alan Wagner: Helping Robots and Humans Communicate [Inventor Interview]

Can you give us some background on yourself, who you are, what you currently do, etc? My name is Alan Wagner. I hold a PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, an MS from Boston University in Computer Science and BA from Northwestern University in Psychology. How did you get involved in robotics? My interest in robotics and AI began while I worked as a part of the research and development team at MIT’s portion of the Human Genome Project. During my work at MIT, the team needed someone to figure out how to create a robotic system capable of adding purification chemicals to plates containing DNA. The system was to utilize a large robotic arm that manually moved these plates around and several smaller liquid handling robots. I spent the next year building and refining the system. The work was exciting and challenging and moved me to pursue formal training in AI and robotics. Moreover, the study of AI has allowed me to more deeply explore and combine two academic passions of mine—psychology and computer science. Describe the project you’re working on. I am currently a research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute working on the development of a computational framework for social interaction. The framework uses elements of game theory and a social psychological theory called interdependence theory to, hopefully, develop robots which are more capable of interaction with humans in a wide variety of contexts. As part of this framework I have developed algorithms that should allow a robot to determine if someone is trusting them, if...

Girls in Robotics

One of the biggest elements in Bots High is featuring girls build robots and involved in fields that statistically you don’t usually see them in – science and engineering. Two of the three featured teams are all-girls teams (My Mechanical Romance and Mechanical Misfits), and girls play important roles on the other teams as well. This Short Bit is a clip straight from the film, featuring young girls starting to build robots and Elizabeth and Danielle’s experience in competing at national competitions and being one of the few girls there. It also explains the importance of...

Robot Building – Time Lapse Montage

Robot Building Time – Time Lapse Montage from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. For the past few weeks I’ve been filming time lapse shots of teams building their robots. I set the camera to take one picture every second and when you play it back you get a lot of time condensed. It’s cool to watch stuff built really quickly. This could very well be a part 1 of 2 as there will only be much more robot building in the week leading up to...

Underwater Robot Testing

Underwater Robot Test Run from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. Today 16 of the above underwater robots are going to be built by 6th graders, mentored by seniors. The robots have a waterproof camera that goes up to a laptop, so you can explore the ocean. The robots are being built in preparation for BioBlitz in Biscayne National Park. It’ll be the first BioBlitz that partly takes place underwater, thanks to the ingenuity of Starbot and the...