Computer Science Professor to Share Robotics Research at Faires Faculty Forum

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, will present "Student Research in Machine Learning and Robotics" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11:40 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Shaffer has worked with students the last six years to study biologically-motivated computer algorithms for enabling robots to learn to be more effective in their environments.  The work focuses on self-organization of groups of robots through application of the Genetic Algorithm.  Shaffer will discuss students' results and plans for future experiments.

Shaffer, who has been with Westminster since 2000, earned an undergraduate degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact Shaffer at (724) 946-7292 or email for additional information. 

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


Dr. David Shaffer