Events Schedule

2021-2022 Events:

Spring Semester 2022:

April 29, 2022: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar, The Future of Work in the Metaverse
Kenny Ching, The Business School, WPI

April 19 – 22, 2022 FORW-RD NRT Program Focus Groups

April 12, 2022: Flash FORW-RD Professional Development Workshop, Bias Training
led by Dr. Jeanine Skorinko, WPI

April 8, 2022: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Dr. Holly Yanco, University of Massachusetts Lowell

April 1, 2022: Flash FORW-RD Workshop session #2- Science Communications- Communicating Robotics & AI Daniel Carrillo-Zapata, Managing Editor of Robohub.org and Lucy Smith, Managing Editor of AIhub.org

March 25, 2022: Flash FORW-RD Workshop session #1- Science Communications- Communicating Robotics & AI Daniel Carrillo-Zapata, Managing Editor of Robohub.org and Lucy Smith, Managing Editor of AIhub.org

March 18, 2022: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Dr. Helen Huang, NC State University & UNC at Chapel Hill

March 4, 2022: Flash FORW-RD UX Research Workshop #2 – session 2
led by Dr. Soussan Djamasbi, Dr. Pratap Rao, WPI and Dr. Yunus Telliel, WPI

February 25, 2022: FORW-RD Trainee Meeting
Soft Robotics Lab Tour, Robin Hall, NRT Trainee will host.

February 25, 2022: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Dr. Mary Hayhoe, University of Texas at Austin

February 8, 2022: Flash FORW-RD Professional Development Workshop, Bias Awareness & Intervention
with Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D. President, Incluxion Works, Inc. and PowerPlay Interactive Development

February 1, 2022: FORW-RD Trainee/Faculty Research Discussion

January 28, 2022: Flash FORW-RD UX Research – Workshop #2 session 1
led by Dr. Soussan Djamasbi, Dr. Pratap Rao, WPI and Dr. Yunus Telliel, WPI

Fall Semester 2021:

December 16, 2021: Flash FORW-RD UX Workshop #1
led by Dr. Pratap Rao, WPI and Dr. Yunus Telliel, WPI

December 16, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar (followed by Flash FORW-RD Workshop above)
Dr. Soussan Djamasbi, WPI – User Experience Research Methodologies

December 10, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Enhancing Human Capability with Intelligent Machine Teammates, Dr. Julia Shah, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

December 3, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Inclusion in Human- Machine Interactions:  Perspectives for the Future of Work, Dr. Tahira Reid Smith, Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID Lab), Purdue University

November 19, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
LEARNER Lessons on Convergence Research: A PI’s practical views on Team Science, Dr. Ranjana Mehta, Texas A&M University

November 18, 2021: Information Session at Smith College
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Zhi Li, and a FORW-RD NRT Trainee

November 12, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Convergence Research, Dr. Pradeep Fulay, Program Director NSF Convergence Research Accelerator

November 9, 2021: Information Session at Mt. Holyoke College
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Pratap Rao, and FORW-RD NRT Trainee Raagini Rameshwar

November 5, 2021: FORW-RD Trainee Meeting
Practice Point Lab Tour, 50 Prescott St – 3rd floor

October 29, 2021: Information Session at Claflin College
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Berk Calli, and FORW-RD NRT Trainee James Akl.

October 1, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Smart and Autonomous Robots for Surgery, Dr. Alex Krieger, Johns Hopkins University

September 24, 2021: FORW-RD Trainee Meeting
Rao Lab “Tour”, Nicholas Pratt, NRT Trainee will host.

2020-2021 Events:

May 19, 2021: FORW-RD Trainee Meeting
MER Lab “Tour”, Galen Brown

May 12, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Disentangled Generative Modeling for What-If Analysis, Dr. Ping Chen, University of Massachusetts Boston

May 3, 2021: WPI Multidisciplinary Conference
WPI Conversations on the Future of Work

April 28, 2021: FORW-RD Trainee Meeting
Soft Robotics Lab “Tour”, Raagini Rameshwar 

March 31, 2021: Flash FORW-RD Workshop
User-Centered-Design: Developing Personas, Dr. Soussan Djamasbi

March 24, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Beyond the Label: Robots that Reason about Object Semantics, Dr. Sonia Chernova, Georgia Institute of Technology

March 5, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Soft, Shape, Sense: Addressing Challenges in Soft Sensor Applications, Dr. Kristen Dorsey, Smith College

February 25, 2021: Information Session at Mt. Holyoke College
Future of Robots in the Workplace -Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Berk Calli, Dr. Carlo Pinciroli

February 19, 2021: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Anticipatory Control of Human-Robot Interaction: Towards Enabling Flexible and Agile Work Practices, Dr. Arash Ajoudani, Italian Institute of Technology

February 17, 2021: Flash FORW-RD Workshop
Beyond The Lab: Research Impacts in Society, Dr. Kathy Chen, WPI STEM Education Center Executive Director

February 10, 2021: Information Session for Prospective Ph.D. Students
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal

November 24, 2020: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Future of Work by Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management, Yale University

November 19, 2020: Information Session at Smith College
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Berk Calli

October 16, 2020: Information Session at Claflin College
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program by Dr. Cagdas Onal, Dr. Loris Fichera

October 2, 2020: FORW-RD Thinking Seminar
Ms. An (Meeting Students’ Academic Needs): A Socially Adaptive Robot Tutor for Student Engagement in Math Education, Dr. Karina Liles, Claflin University

October 1, 2020: FORW-RD Kick-Off
Future of Robots in the Workplace – Research & Development (FORW-RD) NRT Program, Program and Research Overview by PIs and Students
Keynote: Integrating Robots into the Future of Work, Dr. Chien-Ming Huang, Johns Hopkins University