Day 7: Human-Robot Interaction, Graph Search Algorithms, and Stereotype Threat Intervention

Day 7 kicked off with a breakfast and lecture with Prof. Anca Dragan, who talked about human robot interaction. Her lecture covered numerous topics that ranged from how a robot navigates an environment to different methods of object manipulation. The lecture was also dotted with numerous videos of robots completing a variety of tasks.

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A tutorial on graph search algorithms led by PhD student Angel Chang followed the lecture. Students learned about many different algorithms, such as  the breadth first search, the depth first search, and Dijkstra’s algorithm.

After a lunch with AI professors and PhD students, campers had a personal growth session on stereotype intervention, where they had the opportunity to write letters to future SAILORS campers. After that, students engaged in a discussion regarding their experiences facing stereotypes.

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A student focuses on writing a letter to a future SAILORS camper.

A social hour followed the personal growth session, where campers mingled with AI professors and PhD students.

The day concluded with another session with the camper’s research projects.

The computer vision group had a quick field trip to Lucile Packard hospital to check out the hand sanitizer sensors that were installed. 
The computer vision group had a quick field trip to Lucile Packard hospital to check out the hand sanitizer sensors that were installed.

With only 3 more days of SAILORS left, we hope the campers are having fun learning and making new friends.

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Day 6: Natural Language Processing, Design Thinking, and a Haptic Sugrical Demo

Day 6 kicked off with a breakfast and a lecture with Professor Percy Liang. Liang talked about natural language processing (NLP) and touched on numerous concepts ranging from the challenges NLP faces to how NLP is implemented in the real world.

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A tutorial on extracting meaning from correlation, led by PhD student Will Hamilton, followed Prof. Liang’s lecture. Students learned how researchers “teach” computers to understand words and how scientists can implement similar techniques to other areas of study, such as gene analysis.

After a lunch with AI professors and PhD students, the campers learned design thinking from co-founder of Embrace Linus Liang. Students applied the design thinking process into creating a backpack. After the lesson, students were encouraged to apply this technique to solve all kinds of problems.

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A demo of various haptic devices followed the design thinking lecture. Campers had the opportunity to interact with a surgical device that gave haptic feedback, a haptic 3D modeling stylus, and a personal assistant robot.

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After the demo, the students concluded the day with a session with their research projects.

We hope everybody had fun learning about all the different concepts and ideas today and we can’t wait for day 7!