|Fernando Montalvo, B.S., B.A. is a Doctoral Candidate who focuses on social robotics, loneliness, and successful aging. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Recently, he worked on social interactions and social presence between older adults and intelligent personal assistants. He is currently focused on the use of social robotics to assist older populations, technological interventions to reduce loneliness, and the negative effects of the successful aging paradigm.|
|Jordan Sasser B.S. is a Doctoral student whose foci include social robotics, acceptance of technology, embodiment, social presences, kinematics, and successful aging. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Computer science and Cognitive Science from the University of Central Florida. Recently, he has worked on social interactions, embodiment, and social presence between younger adults and social robots. He is currently focused on examining how differences in embodiment and movement can influence user perceptions of social robots and the likelihood of acceptance of the technology.