April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Cindy Bethel

Associate Professor
Mississsippi State University


Cindy L. Bethel, Ph.D. (IEEE and ACM Senior Member) is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Mississippi State University (MSU). She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2017-2020) and in September 2017 was awarded the Billie J. Ball Endowed Professorship in Engineering, from the Bagley College of Engineering at MSU. She is the Director of the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems (STaRS) lab and a Research Fellow with the MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) Human Performance Group and the MSU Social Science Research Center (SSRC). She is an affiliated faculty with the Department of Psychology. Dr. Bethel was inducted as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in the Bagley College of Engineering at MSU in spring 2015. She also was awarded the 2014-2015 ASEE New Faculty Research Award for Teaching. She is a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Human-Robot Interaction soon to be the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. Following her graduate program, she was an NSF/CRA/CCC Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Robotics Laboratory at Yale University. That provided her with specialized training in working with children. In 2008, she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society International Graduate Fellowship. She graduated in August 2009 with her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida. She received a B.S. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) also from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include human-robot interaction, human-computer interaction, interface design, social robotics, and artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on the use of robots for therapeutic support, information gathering, law enforcement and military applications.


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