Chien-Ming Huang, John C. Malone Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early CAREER Award, which recognizes early stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence.  The CAREER program through NSF is the foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Huang, a member of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare and the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, studies human-machine teaming and creates innovative, intuitive, personalized technologies to provide social, physical, and behavioral support for people with a variety of abilities and characteristics, including children with autism spectrum disorders.

Since joining the Hopkins faculty in 2017, Huang has received several distinctions, including an invitation to the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (referred to as CHI) Early Career Symposium and its New Educators Workshop for the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education in 2018.

His five-year CAREER award, “End-user robot programming by multi-modal instruction,” aims to bring assistive robots within reach of average people by enabling such users to easily instruct them to help complete useful daily tasks.