Quick update: The Women in Robotics Workshop, part of the the Robotics: Society and Systems conference at MIT is this weekend. The other co-organizers and I have been working really hard to support female student participation in this event. Thanks to support from NSF, X (Google), Mayfield Robotics, and Toyota Research Institute (Heavy lifting done by my co-organizers) we are supporting more than 20 student travel awards both domestically and internationally.
For all of these female graduate students, this will be their first time attending the RSS conference and they will all be presenting posters of their work. It's been a crazy past few weeks organizing all of their travel and giving feedback on their posters, but we are really happy with how many students we have participating.
Also, we will be hosting a diverse set of speakers with panels focused on early career development, academic career paths, and entrepreneurship in robotics.
Opportunities like these are what drew me to the HCRI, Brown, and the Northeast in general. It should be a busy and happy weekend!
More info on the workshop can be found here.