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Our Team

Carnegie Mellon


Executive Board

M. Bernardine Dias

M. Bernardine Dias, Founder and Director, is an Associate Research Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. Her research expertise are in technology for developing communities, assistive technology, and autonomous team coordination. Dr. Dias is a native of Sri Lanka. Her career goal is innovating means of developing and disseminating suitable and sustainable technology for empowering underserved communities. She is a strong supporter and mentor for women in science and technology.

Ermine Teves

Ermine A. Teves, Project Manager, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2014 with a Master's in Public Management from Heinz College. She also received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the Tepper School of Business in 2008. She became interested in technology for sustainable development while interning for TechBridgeWorld during her undergraduate studies. In 2008, she spent her summer in Bangalore, India interning with Microsoft Research India and the Mathru School for the Blind on the Braille Writing Tutor project through TechBridgeWorld. Shortly after completing the internship, Ermine joined the TechBridgeWorld team full time and her responsibilities include cultivating the group's various partnerships in the U.S. and around the world, managing its programs, and helping to raise funds to support TechBridgeWorld's many endeavors. Ermine is a native of the Philippines and hopes to facilitate future TechBridgeWorld projects in her home country.
Byung-Cheol Min Byung-Cheol Min is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in Computer and Information Technology, and specialized in robotics. During his bachelor and master’s study at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, he focused on the development of robots to assist people with disabilities. In cooperation with Hyundai Motor Company, he developed a guide robot to assist a blind person in walking. After joining the M2M Lab at Purdue University, he participated in projects designing cooperative agents for intelligent management of micro smart grid systems and development of large-scale robotic mobile broadband networks. The objective of these projects was to help people in rural areas and under-developed countries to access more electricity and Internet services, thus improving their standard of living. His current research interests are at the intersection of assistive robotics, multi-robot systems, and sensor networks.

Hatem Alismail


Hatem Alismail, Student Representative, is a graduate student at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include developing and applying computer vision techniques for mobile robots in tasks such as pose estimation, navigation and 3D reconstruction. Furthermore, he is interested in Information and Communication Technologies for Development research, especially education oriented research efforts. He participated in TechBridgeWorld's inaugural iSTEP 2009 internship in Tanzania, where he took the lead on the Literacy Tools project in Dar es Salaam.


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