Hammond receives Google Research Award

Dr. Tracy Hammond, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive a Google Research Award.Dr. Tracy HammondThe research award committee said that they "are very excited about (her) work and are thrilled to support (the) project."Hammond received the award for her research proposal, "Sketch Recognition: Algorithms, Interfaces, and a Platform for Engineering Education and Beyond."She said her primary goal is "to advance the field of sketch recognition through the development of new algorithms in artificial intelligence that improve recognition accuracy, decrease recognition time, increase the number and types of shapes recognized, and allow for more freeform drawing, including intermixed command gestures, shapes and text."The project "proposes to develop a Google-based educational platform for the automatic correction and feedback for diagrammatic questions that will work with the shared Google docs drawing platform as well as on the Android phone."Hammond is the director of the Sketch Recognition Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She is a graduate of MIT from Randall Davis' Design Rationale research group. She teaches a yearly course on sketch recognition. Hammond previously was an instructor in the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University from 1999 to 2001, and a telecommunications developer analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York City from 1996 to 2000.