QoLT Students Named Seibel Scholars-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

QoLT Students Named Seibel Scholars

Ruta Desai (top) and Min Kyung Lee (bottom) - 2013 Seibel Scholars
Ruta Desai (top) and Min Kyung Lee (bottom) - 2013 Seibel Scholars

The Siebel Scholars Foundation has named two QoLT graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University -- Ruta Desai and Min Kyung Lee – to the 2013 class of Siebel Scholars.


The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, bioengineering, and computer science. They are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5% of their class, many within the top 1%. Each receives a $35,000 award for their final year of study.


Ruta Desai also is a master's student in robotics and a recent recipient of Google's prestigious Anita Borg Fellowship Scholarship. Her research focus is on legged robotics. She works with Professors Chris Atkeson and Hartmut Geyer in QoLT's Mobility and Manipulation (MOMAT) Research Thrust on developing controls for automated balance recovery in the presence of large disturbances like trips and pushes. In her research, Desai seeks to understand the neuromuscular control of the lower limbs in human locomotion in order to design better control for artificial legs and humanoids.


Min Kyung Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and a student in QoLT's Human System Interaction (HSIT) Research Thrust. Her research focuses on understanding how people make sense of intelligent, personalized systems — assistive robots, speech based interfaces, smart homes, and others — and designing them to improve people's lives. Her dissertation addresses the question of how autonomous systems should be personalized, and how users want to control them.  Her studies have explored human interactions with CMU's Snackbot - a semi-autonomous robot that delivers snacks to hungry office workers.


Additional Seibel Scholars from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science include: Sanjiban Choudhury, Martina Rau, and Zeyu Zheng.


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