How and when should humans and robots collaborate in order to achieve more than either can achieve individually? This is a central question Julie A. Adams seeks to answer by investigating novel ways for humans to interact with robots, developing intelligent capabilities for robots to reason about their activities, and developing tools that translate information from a form that humans understand into a form that robots understand and vice versa. The teams on which she focuses range in size from one human and one robot, to many humans and swarms of robots for domains, such as first response and homeland security.
Julie is the director of the Oregon State University Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and accounting from Siena College and obtained her M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to returning to academia, Julie worked in human factors for Honeywell, Inc. and the Eastman Kodak Company. Her prior academic appointments include the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and most recently, Vanderbilt University. Her research has appeared in National Geographic, Der Spiegel and was featured on a Scientific American Science podcast.