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Tele-operated Social Robots: Designing for an Inclusive Future
October 5, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Veronica Ahumada, Assistant Professor, Director of the Technology and Social Connectedess (TASC) Lab, UC Davis Health/Pediatrics/Center for Health and Technology
Verónica Ahumada is an assistant professor of health informatics and human-robot interaction in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis. She directs the Technology and Social Connectedness (TASC) Lab in UC Davis Health’s Center for Health and Technology. Her work is focused on the use of assistive social robots and interactive technologies to improve health and developmental outcomes. Ahumada is the principal investigator of a $1 million National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative grant to create better telerobots for children restricted to their homes due to medical conditions or disabilities. She is also co-PI on a $1.2 million UC Multicampus Research Projects and Initiatives project to create telemanipulation robots for health care worker safety and social inclusion of individuals at high infection risk. Her research encompasses collaborations among medicine, health informatics, robotics, pediatrics, computer science and learning sciences.