CAVS Researcher, Bethel, Elected to Computing Research Association's Board of Directors
April 13, 2020
Cindy Bethel, a CAVS researcher and a professor in
Mississippi State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been
elected to serve on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association.
The Computing Research Association is a national organization that works to further
innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and
advanced education in computing. Bethel will serve a three-year term that runs from July 1,
2020 through June 30, 2023.
“I am excited to participate with this organization and helping to have an impact
on computing research and policies at the national level,” Bethel said. “I have been
involved as a participant in programs sponsored by the Computing Research Association since
I was a graduate student and it is an honor to be able to be involved and give back to this
Bethel’s research focuses on human-robot interaction, interface designs,
robotics, human-computer interaction, affective computing, and cognitive science.
Specifically, she has helped design robots that aid trauma victims and mobile robots to
assist law enforcement and first responders.
Bethel is the director of the Social, Therapeutic, and Robotic Systems (STaRS) Lab
and was a 2019 U.S.-Australian Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Technology in
Sydney, Australia. She was previously a NSF Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Research
Fellow (CIFellow) at Yale University.
Bethel holds the Billie J. Ball Endowed Professor in Engineering and has been
elected to the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She was
also recently named as one of 2019’s “30 women in robotics you need to know
about” by Robohub.com.
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Story by Philip Allison | Bagley College of Engineering