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June/July 2021 Chronicles

New Projects Dr. Cindy Bethel will serve as Principal Investigator of ” AF Human-Machine Teaming.” Future combat teams operating in adversarial environments will utilize trusted autonomous systems to achieve mission objectives, such as identifying, classifying, locating, and suppressing threats while ensuring the safety and survival of team members. In a multi-objective, multi-agent,… Continue Reading June/July 2021 Chronicles

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Blending psychology and criminal justice for public service

By Bethany Deuel Matthew Dean of rural Possumneck, MS, never thought he would still be living in Mississippi while working towards his Ph.D. However, the impactful work that he does in the SSRC’s Social Relations Collaborative (SRC) has made his time well-worth it. As an undergraduate criminal justice student at the University… Continue Reading Blending psychology and criminal justice for public service

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Embracing a culture of learning: Tobi Lasisi on navigating new positions and programs

By Bethany Deuel Tobi Lasisi is no stranger to learning on the job, a skill that has been beneficial as she’s navigated several positions in a new country during a pandemic. After moving from Nigeria to Mississippi in the fall of 2017 to earn her Ph.D. in computer science at… Continue Reading Embracing a culture of learning: Tobi Lasisi on navigating new positions and programs

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GRA wins elevator pitch competition at robotics conference

by Emile Creel A graduate research assistant with the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems (STaRS) Lab recently placed third at the 2021 Human Robot Interaction (HRI) international conference Elevator Pitch competition. Sayantani Dutta, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, competed virtually with others joining in from around the… Continue Reading GRA wins elevator pitch competition at robotics conference

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SSRC GRAs place in Graduate Student Research Symposium

By Bethany Deuel Two graduate research assistants at the SSRC received awards for their presentations at the 19th annual Mississippi State University (MSU) Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) held virtually on February 27th. Robert Kolbila received the third-place award in the Arts and Humanities category, and Taylor Ray took the first-place… Continue Reading SSRC GRAs place in Graduate Student Research Symposium

March 2021 Chronicles

March 2021 Chronicles

Announcements Applications are being accepted for the position of SSRC director, and the review process is ongoing. Find the application at https://bit.ly/SSRCdirectorapp. Awards & Recognition Sayantani Dutta, a graduate research assistant in the STaRS Lab, placed 3rd in the 2021 Human-Robot Interaction International Conference elevator pitch competition. Read about Sayantani’s pitch at https://bit.ly/3dIQOvI. Dr. Sheena Gardner and Dr.… Continue Reading March 2021 Chronicles

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Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community

By Bethany Deuel Mississippi’s first  “Forum for the Future: Communicating about the Early Years” hosted earlier this month was a success with over 160 participants. The Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! (Mississippi Thrive!), the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance all teamed up to… Continue Reading Mississippi’s Forum for the Future sets a new tone in the early childhood development community