Kristen Stubbs is a human-robot interaction researcher who recently
completed her PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Kristen
has been involved with several projects involving robotic exploration:
the Life in the Atacama project, in which a team of scientists
explored the Atacama Desert of Chile with a semi-autonomous rover; and the Personal Exploration Rover exhibit, in which museum visitors and employees controlled a miniature Mars rover to learn about robotic autonomy and exploration; and Robot Diaries, an outreach program. Kristen's thesis work focused on how to build common ground between people and robots collaborating on remote exploration tasks. Kristen recently gave a talk on her various projects to the UMass Lowell Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group.
Kristen is currently aiding Munjal Desai, a doctoral student investigating human-robot interaction and trust, with a user study which will investigate system complexity (autonomy) and trust. She is also interested in the UMass Lowell STEM initiatives, including Artbotics and Botball.