Computer Science Students Explore New Possibilities in Robotics

A student flies a drone in front of an audience, flanked by a stone building

Using cutting-edge technologies in robotics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, students in Dr. Ross Sowell’s Human-Robot Interaction course and Dr. Betsy Sanders’ Virtual Environments course showed off their computer science skills at an end-of-year exhibition of class projects. 

“There are robotics and VR classes that have been working semester-long to complete these awesome technological projects,” says rising senior Claire Payne. “It’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s really cool to see everyone’s work displayed and all the effort they put in.” 

In addition to demonstrating the technical aspects of their original work, students presented their projects to the campus community. “Studying computer science at a small, private liberal arts college like Rhodes,” says Sowell, “students are really prepared well for not just being great programmers or developers, but for being able to communicate their work to people who are non-technical.”