The Spelman SpelBots Tie for First Place at 2009 RoboCup Japan

17May09
Naquasia, Ariel, NeeCee, Jazmine, Mimi, Tajiana , Dr. Andrew Williams
Naquasia, Ariel, NeeCee, Jazmine, Mimi, Tajiana , Dr. Andrew Williams

The SpelBot robotics team at Spelman College recently tied for first place at the 2009 RoboCup in Japan. RoboCup is the largest event of research in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the world. This talented group of ladies are coached and led by Spelman Computer Science professor Dr. Andrew Williams. Dr. Williams is the first African-American to earn a PhD in engineering from the University of Kansas. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Williams a few months ago at the Tapia Conference in Portland, OR. I mentioned to him the work I’m doing with Black Digerati and he was like, ‘oh yea I know about the Black Digerati site!’ He lives by the motto that you can do anything, which is what he instills into students at Spelman encouraging them to pursue the field of computer science and robotics. That level of encourage is what underrepresented minorities in Science and Technology need in order for us to succeed. Also, the ongoing success of the Spelman robotics team dispels the myth that women and minorities (specifically African-American men and women) either aren’t interested in Computer Science or don’t have the mental capacity to perform Computer Science research.

Mikey Digital

Source: Spelman.edu

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