Dr. Cindy Marie GrimmAssociate Professor – Robotics Oregon State University
Dr. Cindy Grimm is currently an associate professor at Oregon State University (since 2013) in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (application area robotics). Prior to that she was tenured faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in Computer Science (12 years). Her research areas range from 3D sketching to biological modeling to human-robot interaction. She approaches these problems with a combination of mathematical models and empirically-verified human-centered design (HCD). Mathematical models provide a sound, quantitative, rigorous, elegant basis for representing shape and function, and are a core part of the “language” of computation. Including a human in the loop is a key component of the application areas she works in; HCD provides the mechanism for addressing the fundamental problem of how to make mathematical computation “useful” for humans. She has worked with collaborators in fields ranging from psychology, mechanical and biological engineering, statistics, to art. She has been funded both federally (NSF, NIH) and from industry (Adobe, Hewlett-Packard). She has published over 70 articles in venues such as SIGGRAPH, Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, UIST, ETRA, and IROS.