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Riek to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Nina Welding • DATE: September 29, 2014

Scheduled for Oct. 26-29 in Irvine, Calif., this year’s program will focus on the development, design, and implementation of innovative courses and curricula across a variety of engineering disciplines. “The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world’s great engineering challenges,” said Dan Mote, president of the NAE. “It is a no-holds-barred look at the front-edge of engineering education.”

Riek’s expertise is in robotics, social signal processing, and health informatics. She focuses on designing autonomous robots able to sense, respond, and adapt to human behavior. Her work also tackles real-world problems in healthcare, by creating novel sensing technology to improve patient safety. Recent research projects include building facially expressive robots to serve as patient simulators to teach clinicians how to read patient signals of pain and stroke, modeling the motion of clinical teams to reduce preventable medical errors in the operating room, and designing new robot-human coordination algorithms.

A faculty member since 2011, Riek has been the recipient of multiple national awards for research and teaching innovation, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, several best paper awards, and numerous awards during her eight-year tenure as a senior artificial intelligence engineer and roboticist at MITRE, a not-for-profit research institute. Most recently, she was named in the American Society for Engineering Education’s 20 Faculty under 40 in recognition of her research and teaching accomplishments. 

Riek is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, as well as numerous conference program committees.