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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Robotics Engineer
Computer Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Chow Mein
Favorite Time of Year:
June
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Get 'er done. and Drop it like it's hot.

Birthplace

Born:
1/9/1974
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Robotics Engineer
Computer Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Chow Mein
Favorite Time of Year:
June
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Get 'er done. and Drop it like it's hot.

Birthplace

Born:
1/9/1974
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Computer scientist Odest Chadwicke Jenkins was born on xx/xx/1975 in [city], [state]. Jenks attended Alma College, where he graduated with his B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics in 1996. He enrolled in graduate school at Georgia Technical Institute and received his M.S. degree in computer science in 1998. There he was a graduate research assistant and a graduate teaching assistant. Jenkins went on to attend the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where earned his Ph.D. degree in computer science in 2003.

Upon graduating, Jenkins was awarded a postdoctoral research award in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In 2004, Jenkins joined the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at brown University as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010. Jenkins is the leader of Robotics, Learning and Autonomy Group at Brown University. The group explores topics related to human-robot interactions and robot learning with a specific focus on robot learning from human demonstration and robot software systems. Jenkins works with Brown University faculty and graduate students to develop methods for autonomous robot control and perception. In 2011, Jenkins worked to develop the “PR2 Remote Lab,” a remote-controlled computer laboratory designed to promote collaborative research and documentation.

Jenkins’ research has been published in numerous scholarly and professional journals, including Human-Robot Interaction, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. In 2010, Jenkins published Creating Games: Mechanics, Content, and Technology. He has also served on the editorial board for International Journal of Robotics Research, and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics.

Jenkins is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work in physics-based human tracking from video. In 2009, Jenkins was the recipient of the Sloan Reseearch Fellowship, and, was as selected as the National Academy of Science’s Kavi Fellow. He has received research funding from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. In 2010, Popular Science Magazine named Jenkins one of their “Brilliant 10.” Jenkins lives in Providence Massachusetts.

Odest Chadwicke Jenkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 8, 2012.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Odest Jenkins talks about his introduction into computer programming
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Odest Jenkins talks about his first computer class at the College of DuPage
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Odest Jenkins talks about his decision to attend Alma College
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Odest Jenkins talks about his research experience at the University of Texas, Arlington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Odest Jenkins talks about the emerging technologies of the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Odest Jenkins talks about lobbying for a 3-D computer graphics course at Alma College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Odest Jenkins talks about his experience as an intern at the Ford System Integration Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Odest Jenkins talks about his mentors at Alma College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Odest Jenkins talks about his decision to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Odest Jenkins talks about his work in the Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Odest Jenkins describes his dissertation in robotics and data-analysis
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Odest Jenkins talks about his work at Brown University (part 1)
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