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Chad Jenkins Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Chad Jenkins is our latest faculty recipient of an NSF CAREER award, a highly selective grant that the National Science Foundation awards to junior faculty members who are likely to become academic leaders of the future.

The project funded by Chad’s CAREER grant aims to enable autonomous robots to learn decision making policies from multivalued demonstrations. Activities to be performed include:

* Creating standardized, accessible, and reproducible robot platforms (such as the $700 Brown SmURV platform);

* Developing transferable undergraduate autonomous robotics courses that build on the “control loop” as a unifying concept (similar to the “rendering pipeline” in graphics); and ...

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James Hays to Join the Department as an Assistant Professor in the Spring of 2010


The department is pleased to announce the addition of James Hays as a new faculty member. He will start at Brown in the spring of 2010 after serving as a Postdoctoral scholar at MIT and receiving his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. James’ research interests are in computer vision and computer graphics, focusing on image understanding and manipulation leveraging massive amounts of data.

With the addition of James, as well as Rodrigo Fonseca and Erik Sudderth who will join the department in the fall semester, the department is expected to reach a record number of 27 tenured and tenure-track ...

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Pascal Van Hentenryck Named AAAI Fellow

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence recently elevated Pascal Van Hentenryck to Fellow for his "significant contributions to constraint satisfaction and reasoning under uncertainty, the development of the widely used CHIP, Numerica, OPL, and Comet systems, and his pioneering role in the inception of constraint programming and its integration in operations research."

The AAAI Fellows program was started in 1990 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence. Fellows' accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of artificial intelligence, to unusual accomplishments in artificial intelligence technology and AI ...

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