Professor of Computer Science
Professor Meeden is an expert in adaptive robotics and artificial intelligence, with particular expertise in machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks and evolutionary computation, and in a new approach to robotics known as developmental robotics.
Developmental robotics, according to Meeden, "focuses on the autonomous self-organization of general-purpose, task-independent robot control systems. It takes its inspiration from developmental psychology and developmental neuroscience."
"Developmental robotics is a move away from the engineering approach where a robot is designed to solve a particular pre-defined task (such as path planning to a goal location). In contrast, developmental robotics explores the kinds of perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral capabilities that a robot can discover through self-motivated actions based on its own physical body and the dynamic structure of its environment. In particular, I am interested in how a robot could be designed so as to choose actions based on self-motivation..."
She has received two National Science Foundation grants to support her work and was co-recipient of the National Engineering Education Delivery Systems 2005 Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware.
Professor Meeden received her B.A. from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. from Indiana University.