This week I finally got to meet my professor, Maja! There are several REU/SURE students in my lab with me. On Monday afternoon we all met with Maja and discussed applying to grad school over lunch. It was super insightful; Maja has lots of wisdom to share. Later in the week, we had a lab meeting where all the visiting undergrads gave a short presentation of their research. I learned about confusion matrices and quickly made one for my hmm classifier to present – it was a nice cumulative experience and great to hear more detail about what everyone else is working on.
It’s been difficult to find research papers that detail exactly what gestures are common and/or essential for learning in a classroom. There is, however, a lot of information out there about the importance of gestures for language acquisition. So, I’ve been piecing together information I find and we will try to come up with our list of gestures we want the robot to do soon.