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Social Robotics Researcher

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New Mexico State University as of August 2018. In particular, I study intergroup theories applied to human-machine teaming (HMT) and social human-robot interaction (HRI).

I am accepting undergraduate research assistants beginning Fall 2021. Email me if you are interested!

I am NOT accepting graduate students for Fall 2022. Please check back next year.

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Recent News

07/18/2021: We're in the news! Click here.

05/23/2021:

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04/16/2021: Congratulations to Harrison Preusse for successfully defending his Master's Thesis on trust transfer between robots and for winning the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award! We can't wait to see where you go next!

04/11/2021: Welcome to Mikaela Miele, our newest Discovery Scholar student. We are very excited to be working with you!

03/26/2021: Congratulations to Rachel Au for successfully presenting her Qualifying Exams. Can't wait to work with you further on your Ph.D.!

03/12/2021: Our workshop at HRI, Workshop YOUR Study Design was a huge success! Look out for our paper on how to improve your study design for HRI audiences.

02/09/2021: We're in the news for our work with the Pepper robot! : https://nmsuroundup.com/17158/video/get-to-know-pepper-a-robot-at-nmsu/#photo

01/09/2021: Congratulations to our own Michelle Rheman for her accepted Late-Breaking Report (LBR) to the 2021 Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Conference!

12/11/2020: Our workshop was just accepted to the International Conference of HRI! Join us in March to Workshop YOUR Study Design with fantastic mentors in the field!

11/23/2020: We are incredibly excited to welcome Dr. Matthew Rueben as a new postdoctoral researcher in our lab. We can't wait to get started working with you, Matt!

11/23/2020: Congratulations to Dylan van Hooshier, Carmen Rios, Andrea Alvaez, and Danielle Langlois for their first-place poster prize at NMSU’s Research and Creativity Week!

11/23/2020: We are also proud of Sarah Kuballa, Danya Parson, Michelle Rheman, and Kat Ling for their second-place poster at NMSU’s Research and Creativity Week!

09/02/2020:

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Meet our newest lab member - Pepper! She’s excited to help welcome our campus back to 100 West Cafe.

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07/29/2020: Michelle Cormier and I had a great summer working with Dr. Gregory from the US Air Force! Stay tuned for our literature review on specific topics in trust in HRI:

06/10/2020: We have two more Discovery Scholars Students: Nichole Silva and Michelle Rehman. Welcome to the team!

05/27/2020: Congratulations to our Discovery Scholar Student, Julian Welsh, for the acceptance of his short paper at the conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We look forward to you presenting our work!

04/27/2020: Congratulations to our very Harrison Preusse for winning the Foltz Lee award for excellence in Applied Engineering Psychology!! He plans to use the money to buy a virtual reality for research.

04/07/2020:

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Welcome to our newest lab member and Ph.D student, Rachel Au!

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12/30/2019: Congratulations to Harrison Preusse for being accepted into the Pioneers Workshop at HRI 2020! Also congratulations to Julian Welsh for getting his latebreaking report accepted. We are excited to attend the conference!

03/11/2020:

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Our new logo is finally done!

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02/27/2020:

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Our robot helping raise money for the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society

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02/20/2020:

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Goodbye, @yudaikubota.nature . It was a delight having you in the lab!

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12/12/2019:

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Had a great end of semester party for the lab yesterday! 🎊 Thank you to all of our hard working grad students and research assistants!

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12/09/2019: Congratulations to Julian Welsh for winning the Fall 2019 Dean Scholars Grant! We are excited to continue working with you this next semester.

12/03/2019:

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Photos from Thursday’s Student Award Ceremony! 🏆 Our graduating R.A. Bailey Brown received the “Outstanding Undergraduate Award” from the College of Arts and Sciences. 🎊 Congrats to all award recipients! 🎉

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11/15/2019:

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Our lab had a great time Friday presenting our findings for Research and Creativity Week! 📸 @breaking_bryan

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11/08/2019:

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Thank you to Nancy Cooke and her lab at Arizona State University for hosting Marlena Fraune to talk and showing their fantastic projects.

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09/18/2019:

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A few weeks ago, our lab teamed up with Teen Science Cafe to help teens learn how to program Nao robots! Videos to follow! 🤖

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09/06/2019:

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Thanks to Matthew Rueben for coming to NMSU and giving a fantastic talk on Privacy-Sensitive Robotics! We enjoyed gaming with you too!

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09/02/2019: We have funding for a postdoctoral researcher for the next two years to work on our NASA project! The official website is still underway, but applications are accepted from now until when the position is filled. The description can be found here. Can't wait to add another member to our team!

08/11/2019:

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Visiting Sandia with grad students Michelle Cormier and Harrison Preusse. We had some great chats with various researchers and engineers. Thank you for having us!

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