CS&E Student Honored by CRA for Outstanding Research

January 17, 2018

CS&E junior Kathleen Watson was recently honored by the Computer Research Association (CRA) for outstanding research.  She was selected for honorable mention for the CRA’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for Ph.D.-Granting Institutions.

Watson was part of a team that worked on a project involving children’s interactions with speech interfaces. They aimed to learn whether children prefer speech interfaces that are personified and personalized over those that are neither. Additionally, the team observed some of the common ways children rephrase their questions when a speech interface does not understand what is being asked.

Watson joins an impressive group of undergraduate researchers from North America who have made significant contributions to research projects, presented at major conferences, authored or coauthored multiple papers, or produced software in widespread use. Many of the honorees were chosen because their commitment to computing reaches beyond outstanding research, taking part in club leadership, teaching, peer tutoring, or finding ways to bring their expertise to a broader community.

Watson is no exception.  After she finishes her undergraduate studies, she plans to continue developing new technologies for the education field.

“I believe personalized education helps children thrive and computers are the tool that can make personalized learning a widespread reality,” she said.

A complete list of winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions can be found on the CRA website.

Please join the Department in extending our congratulations to Kathleen Watson.

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