AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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The ARTSI Alliance: Using Robotics and AI to Recruit African-Americans to Computer Science Research
Chutima Boonthum-Denecke, David S. Touretzky, Elva J. Jones, Thorna Humphries, Rebecca Caldwell

Last modified: 2011-03-21


The mission of the ARTSI (Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact) Alliance, a consortium of 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 9 major research universities (R1s), is to enlarge the nation’s engineering and science talent pool by increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue advanced training in computer science. ARTSI is one of several alliances funded by the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing Program. ARTSI focuses specifically on institutions serving African Americans and uses robotics education to attract and engage students. In this paper we describe the activities comprising ARTSI, our vision of a robotics curriculum for CS undergraduates, and ways to integrate robotics modules into existing CS courses.

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