Human Computer Interaction

While many families’ Christmas traditions include singing carols, eating a big meal and spending time together, growing up in the Poor family meant an added tradition. “I thought this is what everybody did,” Dr. G. Michael Poor, assistant professor of computer science, said with a laugh. “We got two of [everything] — one to play with and one to take apart.”

As the son of a professor who owned an animatronics store, Poor spent his childhood learning about computers. The life-like robots, common in theme parks like Disney, eventually provided him his doctoral thesis topic on using life-like animatronics to interact with computers. Both Poor and his dad were invited to give a TEDx…

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