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On July 15, 2009, a team of students from five ARTSI schools took first place in the IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence) Student Robotics Challenge. The team consisted of Ethan Tira-Thompson (CMU Robotics PhD student), Alex Grubb (CMU Computer Science PhD student), and four undergraduate CS students: Owen Watson from Florida A&M University, Samantha Beal from North Carolina A&T University, Julian Strothers from Hampton University, and Charlston Manning from Morehouse College. All four undergraduates were doing summer REU internships in the Tekkotsu Lab at Carnegie Mellon, advised by Professor David Touretzky.  An affiliated ARTSI team, consisting of FAMU graduate student Sherene Campbell and her advisor, Professor Clement Allen, received a special judges' award for contributions to an emerging architecture, the Chiara. Both teams used the Chiara robot , a hexapod robot designed in the Tekkotsu lab. Florida A&M is one of the first schools in the country to use the Chiara in robotics education and research.


Photo: ARTSI at IJCAI-09 in Pasadena, California.  Left to right: Ethan Tira-Thompson, Clement Allen, Owen Watson, Sherene Campbell, and David Touretzky. Not shown: Alex Grubb, Samantha Beal, Julian Strothers, and Charlston Manning. 

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