Sam Spaulding

Smarter Robots for Engaging Interactions

Recent News: (updated April 14, 2016)

4/12/16: I was invited to give a talk at Affectiva, Inc. on Affect-Aware Social Robot Tutors

3/5/16: I remotely moderated the 2016 HRI Pioneers Workshop Panel. Thanks to all the attendees and panel participants for their insightful questions and answers!

11/15/15: Paper Accepted! Affect-aware Student Models for Robot Tutors was accepted as a full paper at AAMAS 2016. Learning from The Wizard: Programming Social Interaction through Teleoperated Demonstrations was also accepted as an Extended Abstract.

11/15/15: Paper Accepted! Affective Personalization of a Social Robot Tutor for Children’s Second Language Skills was accepted as a full paper at AAAI 2016.

8/30/15: Paper Accepted! My extended abstract was accepted to the 2015 AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction.

7/27/15: I have taken a leave of absence from the Media Lab PhD program to begin working full-time as a Robot Skills Engineer at Jibo, Inc! We're working to build the world's first social robot for the home, delivering unforgettable experiences through advanced Robotics and AI innovation

6/5/15: I have completed my Master's Thesis and was awarded an S.M. Degree in Media Arts & Sciences!

4/15/15: I was invited to speak at the 2015 Media Lab Spring Member's Event! My talk covered recent advances in Social Robotics and current research in the Personal Robots Group

3/5/15: I attended HRI 2015 and the 2015 HRI Pioneers workshop in Portland, Oregon. I was elected to the organizing committee for the 2016 HRI Pioneers Workshop as the Panel Chair!

1/5/15: My short paper submission describing my Master's Thesis work was accepted to the 2015 HRI Pioneers workshop. HRI Pioneers is a highly selective workshop held in conjunction with HRI 2015 that "seeks to foster creativity and collaboration surrounding key challenges in human-robot interaction and empower students early in their academic careers"

11/17/14: I presented my proposed Master's Thesis as part of the Media Lab's "Crit Day" - an annual event in which every 2nd year student gives a presentation to the Lab about their research for feedback and commentary.

11/13/14: I attended the AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction in Arlington, VA where I gave a lightning talk on my Extended Abstract.

10/27/14: I traveled to USC for the Socially Assistive Robotics Expedition Student Workshop. The workshop, which I helped organize, brought together students and postdocs from 4 different institutions to share insights from the first 2 years of the Expedition and build shared tools for collaboration across sites.

6/1/14: I demonstrated AIDA, a robot I programmed to play science trivia games with kids, at the "Ultimate Science Street Fair" as part of the 2014 World Science Festival in New York City.

3/1/14: I traveled to Bielefeld, Germany to present our paper entitled "Personalizing Robot Tutors to Individuals' Learning Differences" at the 9th ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2014 ).

9/1/13: I moved to Boston to start graduate school! I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant advised by Cynthia Breazeal in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.

5/2/13: I was profiled in the April issue of the Yale Scientific Magazine. Check out the article here!

3/31/13: I was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support 3 years of graduate research in Robotics and A.I.

2/23/13: I gave a talk at TEDxYale 2013 . I spoke about the importance of Artificial Intelligence research and how some new results from the field are re-shaping our view of humanity. See the full footage here!