The student handbook for the ETC students who entered in the program in August of 2021.
When Seema was a child, she lived near Walt Disney World and spent many countless hours with the Pirates of the Caribbean and the birds of the Tiki Room. She gazed upon the expressive robots in fascination and tried to figure out whether the pirates' leg hair was real. In high school Seema learned about creativity and technology through a program called Odyssey of the Mind. She continued the quest for synergy in college where her research included designing emotion-based controllers for planetary rovers. Seema graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Psychology, and then went on to graduate school where she focused on affective robotics and human-robot interaction. After receiving a Master's of Computer Science, Seema decided to throw caution to the wind and apply to the ETC in the hopes of pursuing her first love