SPEAKERS and PANEL PARTICIANTS
Dr. Shelley Margow, Children Therapy Works (GA) Dr. Shelley Margow is the owner and clinical director of Children's Therapy Works, a pediatric private practice in Roswell, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received her Post-Professional Masters Degree from Sargent College at Boston University. Dr. Margow also recently completed Sargent College’s doctoral program for occupational therapy. Dr. Margow has certifications in Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, Samonas Sound Therapy, Sensory Learning Program, Fast ForWord, and Integrated Listening Systems. Dr. Margow opened the Children’s Therapy Works clinic in 1998 with the goal to provide therapeutic programming for children who have difficulty functioning at home, at school, or within their community. The center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to deliver services in occupational, speech, and physical therapy, utilizing sensory integration and neurodevelopmental tools specific to each individual and family. The clinic’s philosophy focuses on using intensive, neurological treatment to facilitate brain plasticity. In 2010, Dr. Margow started a pilot school to help meet the needs of children with Dyspraxia, Learning Disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders and more. Now named the Academy at North Fulton, the accredited, non-profit school provides innovative, integrated, and top-quality therapeutic services for children in grades K-12, addressing and facilitating the child’s most effective way of learning, and helping establish the confidence they need to progress in an academic setting. Dr. Margow has developed training programs for occupational, speech and physical therapists and has had articles published by the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association as well as in local magazines and online media. She has delivered lectures to therapists, teachers and parents on sensory integration and oral-motor techniques. Shelley has also presented at the National Down Syndrome Congress and at the Autism Avenue: 2013 Regional “Possibilities & Potential” Autism/Asperger Conference. She was recently featured as a “She’ro” in the North Fulton Women’s Magazine (December 2013) and again in the January addition.
In August 2014, Dr. Margow published her first book, Is this my child? Sensory Integration Simplified.
Prof. Stéphanie Walsh Matthews is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and is currently doing research on the language practice of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The framework for this research uses humanoid robots and questions the impact of Human Robot Interaction (HRI) on the language production of children with ASD. Since 2013, Dr. Walsh Matthews has been working with a number of centers in the GTA and engaging young participants in her study where the NAO robot uses various strategies, such as games and stories (based on the modification of original programming of the ASKNAO interface.) Thanks to interesting and novel results, she will continue her research into HRI and ASD and will soon be launching the second phase of her research project.
Prof. Pamela R Rollins is an Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She conducts research in developmental pragmatics, early social communication and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Current projects focus on (1) developing research efficacy for a parent-mediated intervention for toddlers with ASD that meets the service delivery model of Texas IDEA Part C (i.e., early intervention); and (2) understanding the effects of robot-mediated intervention on social interaction and communication in children with ASD. Rollins was a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Council for Autism and PDD (2008-2016) and has held leadership positions on many of Texas’ early identification and intervention planning and implementation initiatives for ASD. She earned her doctorates from Harvard University and has been the director of the Social Communication laboratory at UTD since 1994
John Rochford, INDEX Program, E.K. Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Lead Academic Researcher on the "IBM Watson and Autism" Project. Director of Technology (Assistive Technology, Information/Dissemination, Online Learning), for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities; and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Eunice Kennedy Shiver Center. John teaches in the medical school’s graduate program, “Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND)”. John is an Invited Expert of the World Wide Web Consortium‘s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force and Low Vision Task Force.Master of Science, Applied Behavior Analysis, Northeastern University. Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst.
Richard Margolin is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of RoboKind and over the past decade has developed some of the world’s most recognizable facially expressive and socially interactive robots. As the Director of engineering for Hanson Robotics he developed dozens of unique humanoid robots in collaboration with university groups studying human-robot interaction and autism. A serial entrepreneur and researcher, he studied cognitive and computational neuroscience at Trinity College and Mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has done research at the UT Southwestern Biotech and Informatics Lab developing neural networks to identify repeat patterns in DNA, University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech institute developing nanoscale sensors, UTARI developing underactuated control systems. As the Director of engineering for Hanson Robotics he developed dozens of unique humanoid robots in collaboration with university groups studying human-robot interaction and autism. He has worked with MIRA Labs at the University of Geneva, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Airforce Research Labs among many others. Richard was recently named as a Tech Titan Inventor of the year and was named to the Forbes Technology Council, Won Launch Festival Startup event as the Best Education company and the UCAHP North American Startup of the Year among other recent awards.
Dr. Thierry Karsenti, M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (panel participant) holds the Canada Research Chair on Technologies in Education. He is a Full Professor at the University of Montreal and the director of CRIFPE (Research Center on Teachers and Teacher Education), which received the Canadian Education Association Whitworth Award for Best Education Research Center in Canada. He is a full member of the Royal Society of Science. Pr. Karsenti received many other national and international awards for his work in the field of education technology. He published more than 20 books and 250 scientific articles on the use of technologies in education. Furthermore, as part of his professional activities, Professor Karsenti also participates in various projects of international scope (UNESCO, OECD, European Community, etc.), thereby playing a key role in a vast international network in which the technologies are becoming a high priority in education. He is currently working on many research project on the use of the NAO robot both in elementary and secondary schools.
Dr. Tracy Crowe, Ph.D. (panel participant) most recently served as Superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District and is now an practicing Educational Consultant. Dr. Crowe’s career has involved creating models for learning and teaching that make possible effective programs for Pre-K through post-grad instructors, students, parents, the community and its schools. Awarded a substantial grant from M.I.T.’s Council on Education in an initiative called The Institute for Learning and Teacher (TILT), her specific interests and expertise grew to include systemic change, technology integration, school culture, community team building, and integrated studies. Dr. Crowe’s degree was grounded in education and technology with a specialization in curriculum design and systemic change. Her experience includes all levels of public education including the role of Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, district math coordinator, Virtual Academy Launch Principal (MA Innovation School,) and state-wide program/technology coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/SEIS. Additionally, Dr. Crowe is a U.S. Education Delegate to China for AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
Prof. Momotaz Begum, Ph.D. Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Waterloo, Canada: "robot perception and learning" at the Center for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Postdoctoral fellow at the Socially Intelligent Machines lab, Georgia Tech (2010-2011) and the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab , University of Toronto (2012-2013). Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire, Research Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell .