Insitute of Technology
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ayanna Howard received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown
University, her M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California,
and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern
California, Los Angeles in 1999. Her area of research is centered
around the concept of humanized intelligence, the process of embedding
human cognitive capability into the control path of autonomous systems.
This work, which addresses issues of autonomous control as well as
aspects of interaction with humans and the surrounding environment,
has resulted in over 60 written works in a number of projects –
from autonomous rover navigation for planetary surface exploration
to intelligent terrain assessment algorithms for landing on Mars.
To date, her unique accomplishments have been documented in over 12
featured articles - including being named as one of the world's top
young innovators of 2003 by the prestigious MIT Technology Review
journal and in TIME magazine’s "Rise of the Machines"
article in 2004.
by Michael Grecco for TIME magazine
Biography from GA Tech faculty profile
of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dept. of Computer Science
Tiffany Barnes received her BS(1995), MS(2000), and Ph. D.(2003) in
Computer Science from North Carolina State University. She is currently
an assistant professor at UNC-Charlotte. Her research interests include
Advanced Learning Technologies and Artificial Intelligence, particularly
used in Learning Environments, Clustering, and Data Mining. Her website
also mentions research interests in Bioinformatics and Combinatorics
but I have no idea what those terms mean so I'll just assume that
she made them up. Dr. Barnes runs the Game2Learn project at UNC-Charlotte,
an initiative to teach programming concepts to introductory students
through video games. Through the Game2Learn project Dr. Barnes and
I won the Essam El-Kwae Student-Faculty Research Award in 2007. She
also is one of the founders of the STARS Alliance, an initiative to
increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities,
and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines. I'll stop
listing the diversity initiatives here because she pretty much participates/runs
Her other interests (as far as I know) include, DDR(yay!),
her cats, ballroom dancing, fluffy jackets, her husband, and Puzzle
I don't know who took this picture or where it came from...
Biography: Evie Powell