Senior Lecturer of Computer Science
- 2002, PhD, Computer Science, University of Southern California
Dr. Sheila Tejada is currently a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where she teaches courses and performs research applying artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics in education. As the academic community leader for Anita Borg Institute.LA, she is passionate about empowering a diverse tech community in Los Angeles. In 1993 Dr. Tejada received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was awarded her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Prof. Tejada has developed awarding-winning robots, such as the robot soccer team DreamTeam, that was the first world champions at the RoboCup International Robot Soccer Competion in Nagoya, Japan. She also chaired the RoboCup US Open 2004 in New Orleans, and is a speaker for the US State Department Speaker Program, delivering interactive presentations on artificial intelligence and robotics for young audiences around the world.
My main research focus is on human-agent collaboration, where an agent can be virtual, like a character in a video game or an information agent searching the Internet, as well as physical agents, such as robots or mobile phones. To address the issues involved in human-agent collaboration I have developed machine learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques, and applied them to several application areas: information integration, urban search and rescue, robotic artwork, and intelligent tutoring.
- 2000 AAAI-96 YODA robot project: Second Place award AAAI-96 Robot Competition for Indoor Navigation, Portland, Oregon, (1996)
- 2000 University of Southern California University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions to the ISI robots in international competitions (1997)
- 2000 University of Southern California University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute Meritorious Service Award for improving the quality of life for the ISI graduate student community (2000)
- 2003 AAAI/International Technical Award for Inspired Interfaces at the AAAI/International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Robot Competition August (2003), Acapulco Mexico
- 2004 AAAI Audience Participation Award for AiBee Interactive Robotics Project at the AAAI Robot Competition, July (2004), San Jose, CA
- 2006 AAAI Technical Award for Use of Psychology with Human-Robot Education Projects at the AAAI Robot Competition, July (2006), Boston MA.
- 2009 IJCAI/AAAI Special Technical Award for Mixed-Reality Robotics at the IJCAI/AAAI Robot Competition, July (2009).