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Jason ‘‘Willie’’ Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Franklin & Marshall College, a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, where he leads the F&M CARES Lab. He completed a Joint-Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from Tufts University and was a postdoctoral associate in the Computer Science Department at Northwestern University. His research goal is to ensure that robots behave in a manner that protects the humanity and dignity of individuals, particularly vulnerable populations who are most at risk of harm. Towards this goal, his interdisciplinary research focuses on how a robot’s social behavior and reasoning can foster a healthy and effective interaction. His recent publications include work on interpreting user social signals to understand how much help a user needs, recognizing the goals of a user, and generating a social robot’s assistive behaviors. He is also the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2023 AI-HRI Symposium. Willie was a HRI Pioneer in 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand, and he is one of the lead organizers of the inaugural TAHRI symposium.


Jan 15, 2016 A simple inline announcement with Markdown emoji! :sparkles: :smile:
Nov 07, 2015 A long announcement with details
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latest posts

May 07, 2024 Hiring Grad Student
May 01, 2024 CAREER Award
Mar 22, 2024 Introducing the New CARES Website

selected publications

  1. HRI Curriculum for a Liberal Arts Education
    Jason R. Wilson, and Emily Jensen
    In Proceedings of the HRI 101 Workshop: Designing an Intro to HRI Course , 2024
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    Towards An Ontology for Generating Behaviors for Socially Assistive Robots Helping Young Children
    Tracy Yang , Allison Langer , Lauren Howard , and 2 more authors
    In Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction , 2023
    Best Paper Award