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Workshop Participants

Sociable, Educational Robots

  • Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • accompanied by a project manager and two doctoral students from MIT Media Lab
  • Yanghee Kim, professor, Northern Illinois University
    • accompanied by two doctoral students
  • Lixiao Huang, postdoctoral, Duke University

 Cognitive, Affective and Cultural Theories

  • Insook Han, assistant professor, Temple University, embodied cognition theory
  • Ying Xie, assistant professor, Northern Illinois University, group cognition theory
  • Vinci Daro, Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity, Stanford, social and emotional learning, mathematics education
  • Jiyoon Yun, associate professor, University of Texas Arlington, early science learning

Qualitative Research Methodology

  • Laura Johnson, associate professor, Northern Illinois University

Designing and Assessing Robot/Child Behaviors

Computational linguistics

  • Marilyn Walker, professor, University of California-Santa Cruz
    • accompanied by a doctoral student
  • Reva Freeman, associate professor, Northern Illinois University

Speech technology

  • Abeer Alwan, professor, University of California-Los Angeles
    • accompanied by a doctoral student
  • Chad Dorsey, president and CEO, the Concord Consortium
  • Ajith Alexander, Oxford Wave Research

Vision technology

  • Xiaojun Qi, professor, Utah State University
    • accompanied by two doctoral students
  • Karthik Ramani, professor, Purdue University
    • accompanied by a doctoral student 
  • Aaron Kline, project lead of the Google Glass Project at Stanford Medical School, Pediatrics Research Lab


  • Representatives from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) resource center
  • NIU faculty members and doctoal students