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Dr. Indika Wijayasinghe

University of Texas at Arlington

 Indika Wijayasinghe is a Faculty Associate Researcher in the Next Generation Systems Lab at University of Texas at Arlington. He  received a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2007 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2013 with the focus on Coordination and Control of Human Head-Eye System. His current research is focused on control of robotic systems, human-robot interaction and machine learning. These research work include developing control algorithms for human-like head-eye coordination of Philip K. Dick android and using humanoid robot Zeno to objectively evaluate the severity of imitation deficits in children with autism. He is a member of IEEE and SIAM and an author of 13 peer reviewed publications. 

Dr. Dan Popa

University of Texas at Arlington

Dan Popa is an Associate Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, and head of the Next Generation Systems (NGS) research group. He received a BA in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and a MS in Engineering, both from Dartmouth College where he was a Montgomery Scholar from 1990 to 1994. He received a PhD in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1998, focusing on control and motion planning for nonholonomic systems and robots. He then joined the Center for Automation Technologies at RPI, where was Research Scientist until 2004, working on over 20 industry-sponsored projects.

After moving to Texas in 2004, Dan Popa has continued his research as an affiliated faculty member of UT Arlington's Research Institute (UTARI) and was a founding member of the Texas Microfactory initiative. Dr. Popa has a broad experience base, including the simulation, control, and packaging of microsystems, the design of precision robotic assembly systems, and in control and adaptation aspects of human-robot interaction. Dr. Popa is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Univ. of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, and is a member of IEEE and ASME and the author of over 100 refereed publications. He also serves as associate editor for the IEEE Transaction on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Springer Journal of Micro and Bio Robotics, and is an active member in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Conference Activities Board, the IEEE Committee on Micro-Nano Robotics and the ASME Committee on Micro-Nano Systems (MNS).

Kathryn Pole

University of Texas at Arlington

Kathryn Pole is a literacy researcher and teacher-educator in the Literacy Studies Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. She teaches and conducts research  in the areas of teaching and learning of literacy, critical literacy, children's literature, teacher decision-making, professional development, and literacy education policy. She is committed to literacy education and advocacy as it relates to democratic and just practices in classrooms and communities. She has served on national, state, and local committees to improve literacy teaching and learning. Her work has appeared in edited books and journals including The Reading Teacher, Literacy Research and Instruction, Oxford Bibliographies in Education, Language Arts, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Journal of Balanced Literacy, and Midwestern Educational Researcher. She has presented her work at major conferences including the American Educational Research Association, the Literacy Research Association, and the International Literacy Association.

She believes in linking theory to practice, and maintains teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Learning Resources Pre-K -12.  In addition to a PhD in Reading Education, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

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