Texas Regional Robotics Symposium

April 29th, 2022

The University of Texas at Austin


The livestream of the symposium is here. Please be noted that there is about 60 seconds delay in the stream, and the stream will be paused during the breaks or if the speaker opts out from being recorded.



The Texas Regional Robotics Symposium (TEROS) 2022 aims to bring together Texas robotics researchers. TEROS is a one-day event with research talks, poster presentations, and social activities. The goal of TEROS is to share exciting ideas and build new connections in the robotics research community in Texas.


We are proud to share that this event is free for every attendee, and it will be a held in a hybrid format with a limited number of tickets available for in-person attendees due to COVID-19. We ask that participants claim in-person tickets after confirming availability with their schedule. We look forward to seeing you either virtually or in-person.

Public Registration: Link


Participating Institutions

Keynote Speakers

Lydia Kavraki

Rice University

Ken Fleischmann

UT Austin

Robin Murphy

Texas A&M

Mary Hayhoe

UT Austin

Keynote by Lydia Kavraki

Speaker Bio: Lydia E. Kavraki is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering at Rice University. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Crete in Greece and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University. Kavraki also leads the NIH/NLM Training Program in Biomedical Informatics under the auspices of the Gulf Coast Consortia in Houston. Her interests are in AI and its applications in robotics and medicine. Kavraki is the recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the ACM Athena Award, and the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, AAAI, AIMBE, a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the USA, Academia Europaea, and the Academy of Athens. Information about her work can be found at www.kavrakilab.org.

Keynote by Ken Fleischmann

Speaker Bio: Kenneth R. Fleischmann is a Professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Chair of the Executive Team for Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge (http://goodsystems.utexas.edu/) and the Founding Director of Undergraduate Studies for the iSchool's B.A./B.S. in Informatics. His research and teaching focus on the ethics of AI and more broadly on the role of human values in the design and use of information technologies. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Microsoft Research, Cisco Research Center, Micron Foundation, and the Public Interest Technology University Network. His research has been recognized by the iConference Best Paper Award, the ASIS&T SIG-USE Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award, the ALA Library Instruction Round Table Top Twenty Articles, the ASIS&T SIG-SI Social Informatics Best Paper Award, the Civic Futures Award for Designing for the 100%, and the MetroLab Innovation of the Month Award.

Keynote by Robin Murphy

Speaker Bio: Robin Roberson Murphy (IEEE Fellow) received her B.M.E. M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, where she was a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow. She is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M and directs the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. She has over 100 publications including the best selling textbook, Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press 2000). She is a founder of the fields of rescue robots and human-robot interaction. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation, for her insertion of ground, air, and sea robots for urban search and rescue (US&R) at 11 disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Charley, and the Crandall Canyon Utah mine collapse. Since arriving at Texas A&M in 2008, she has been leading an initiative in emergency informatics, which stems in part from witnessing valuable data from robots not reaching the right decision maker. Dr. Murphy has served on the IEEE Robotics and Automation executive committees, numerous National Academies and defense boards, including the Defense Science Board.

Keynote by Mary Hayhoe

Speaker Bio: Mary Hayhoe is a Professor in the Center for Perceptual Systems at the University of Texas Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego and was a member of the Center for Visual Sciences at the University of Rochester from 1984-2006, when she moved to UT Austin. She been a leader in developing virtual environments and experimental paradigms for the investigation of natural visually guided behavior. She has expertise in human eye movements in natural environments, especially how gaze behavior relates to attention, working memory, and cognitive goals. She served on the Board of Directors of the Vision Sciences Society from 2011-2016 and was President in 2015, and was awarded the Davida Teller Award in 2017 for her contributions to vision research. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vision.


Time Schedule Locations
Information Desk Open
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Keynote Speaker Lydia Kavraki
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Keynote Speaker Ken Fleischmann
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Posters / Networking / Coffee breaks
GDC 2nd floor Atrium & 3rd floor
Spotlight Talks 1
David Fridovich-Keil (UT Austin), Robert Ambrose (Texas A&M), Yu Xiang (UT Dallas), Nick Fey (UT Austin), Khen Elimelech (Rice)
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
GDC 3rd floor Atrium
Keynote Speaker Robin Murphy
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Keynote Speaker Mary Hayhoe
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Posters / Networking / Coffee breaks
GDC 2nd floor Atrium & 3rd floor
Spotlight Talks 2
Dezhen Song (Texas A&M), Vaibhav Unhelkar (Rice), Sandeep Chinchali (UT Austin), Marcia O'Malley (Rice), Farshid Alambeigi (UT Austin)
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
Closing Remarks
GDC 2.216 Auditorium
AHG tours

We have been closely monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19. Given the low COVID-19 community level in Austin, we are planning for an in-person meeting (with a 100-person in-person registration cap). The event will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

Venue Information

Symposium Locations

Gates-Dell Complex (GDC) and Anna Hiss Gym (AHG) (Less then 5min walking from GDC). The main event will be hosted in GDC and the tour/reception will be hosted in AHG.

Keynote talks and faculty talks will be held in GDC 2.216 (GDC auditorium). Poster session will be in GDC floor atrium.

Parking Information

Limited visitor parking (garage) is available on campus [Map]. Parking on campus is restricted and requires a designated parking permit to park in surface lots and garages. Visitors to campus may park in the garages at an hourly rate. The closest garage to GDC is the San Jacinto garage (SJG) located on 24th and San Jacinto.

Accommodation Information

Accommodations: Hotel choices are available around the campus [Info].