Jenay Beer, Ph.D.

jbeer@cse.sc.edu

Research keywords

Human-Robotic Interaction, Aging, Assistive Robots, Healthcare, Persons with Disability

Research Interests

Dr. Jenay M. Beer is the director of the USC Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab. She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Computer Sciences and Engineering and Social Work, with an interdisciplinary background and training in Human Factors (i.e., usability). Her joint appointment allows her to bridge these two disciplines and promote a user-centered approach to robot applications. She specializes in human-robot interaction (HRI) and older adults, passionately pursuing the application of technology to improve the quality of lives for the older population. Her interests, recently, have been expanding to include the design of assistive technology for individuals with disability as well as children.

Education

• Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
• Master of Science, Engineering Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
• Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Dayton, OH, 2006

Affiliations and Professional Positions

• Human Factors and Ergonomics Society National Chapter
• Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Aging Technical Group

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

• Office Location : Swearingen Building, Room 3A48
• Phone Number : 803-777-7361
• Fax: 803-777-3767
• E-mail: jbeer@cse.sc.edu

Selected Publications

• Prakash, A., Beer, J. M., Deyle, T., Smarr, C.-A., Chen, T. L., Mitzner, T. L., Kemp, C. C., & Rogers, W. A. (2013). Older adults' medication management in the home: How can robots help? To be published in Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'12).

• Beer, J. M., Prakash, A., Smarr, C.-A., Chen, T. L., Mitzner, T. L., Kemp, C. C., & Rogers, W. A. (2012). "Telling your robot what to do": Older adults' preferences for controlling home robots. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting.

• Beer, J. M., Smarr, C.-A., Chen, T. L., Prakash, A., Mitzner, T. L., Kemp, C. C., & Rogers, W. A. (2012). The domesticated robot: Design guidelines for assisting older adults to age in place. Proceedings of the 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI'12; pp. 335-342).

• Crutcher, R. J., & Beer, J. M. (2011). An auditory analog of the picture superiority effect. Memory & Cognition, 39, 63-74.

• Takayama, L., Marder-Eppstein, E., Harris, H., & Beer, J. M. (2011). Assisted driving of a mobile remote presence system: System design and controlled user evaluation. Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation: ICRA 2011, Shanghai, CN.

• Beer, J. M., & Takayama, L. (2011). Mobile remote presence systems for older adults: Acceptance, benefits, and concerns. Proceedings of Human-Robot Interaction Conference: HRI 2011, Lausanne, CH. [nominated for best paper = top 6%]