Join us for another super Women in Robotics Happy Hour - an event for women working in robotics or women who want to work in robotics. Bonus - we may have cocktail robots again! This time our wonderful hosts will be SoftBank Robotics who have many fabulous female engineers, who will be giving a short presentation on working with Pepper and career pathways.
SoftBank Robotics, and Aldebaran before it, have been making robots for the last 10 years. These social robots aren't focused on mechanical performance but rather on interacting with people. As fully programmable humanoid robots they are a new platform bridging the way humans communicate and engage with technology.
- Alexandra has been a robotics engineer and project coordinator at SoftBankRobotics for 4 years. Through the AskNAO project, she helped integrate the NAO social robot in special-education classrooms as a helper to teachers and a companion to the kids. Building on her research at Cornell, MIT and George Washington Universities, she joined forces with the Fulbright Commission in programs for girls in the field of science. She also co-founded Project IDDACT, a small and mighty non-profit association working to improve education accessibility and sponsor children with disabilities to continue their education.
- Soledad has been a Computational Linguist at SoftBank Robotics for 3 years. She implements dialog in the Pepper and NAO robots, translating between human and machine to ensure efficient communication. Coming to the company with 7 years of experience in natural speech recognition, she became the expert of our in-house programing language qiChat. With an intuitive eye for observing the meaning behind an individual's choice of lexicon, she pursued a Master’s degree in Linguistic Engineering and Communication Processing, and also a Master’s degree in Linguistic Sciences.
- Sandrine has been a User Experience Designer at SoftBank Robotics for 4 years. Under her expert guidance, user interactions in both the Nao and Pepper robots become more intuitive for our robotic applications, websites, software interfaces and customer journey. The ability to create easy, intuitive and efficient products for many user types, led her to a Master's degree in Psychology with a speciality in Usability and User Experience. Previously, she applied her UX craftsmanship in video games at Ubisoft France, and in web interfaces design at Paris-based institutions.
To stay in touch with future events you can join Women in Robotics, the professional network for women working in robotics. Or you can join Silicon Valley Robotics, the not-for-profit local robotics industry group.
* Man etiquette. This is a networking event for women, allowing us to meet peers and mentors. It's not a public showcase celebrating women's achievements so don't feel that you need to come along to show your support. If you still want to attend, do so in a supportive fashion ie, with your female engineer friends and not alone.
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