Andy Smith's Blog

I am a third year PhD student at NCSU, studying Artificial Intelligence applications for education. Before coming to State, I received a bachelor's degree from Duke University, and spent time working on underwater robotics at SPAWAR SSC-Pacific in San Diego. My STARS outreach is working with the Citizen Schools program to teach a LEGO Robotics course at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC.
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Online tools

May 1, 2012

There are quite a few online tools I use on an almost daily basis, a few of my favorites are: Dropbox: Point dropbox at a folder, and it is instantly synced to the cloud and any other machine you have dropbox installed on. Just a fantastic product with tons of ...

Patents, copyrights, innovation and open-source: What is the way forward for technology?

November 20, 2011

The path forward for technology, specifically software is unfortunately very complicated. The patent system in its current form is obviously broken (as detailed many places including here:, and is wasting billions of dollars. Large corporations are hording patents as a defense mechanism ...

"What would be your primary form of interaction with the digital world 5 years from now?"

October 30, 2011

A very interesting question, and one that I can almost guarantee I will get wrong but here goes nothing. First lets start with some things I think will still be the same. I think my primary uses for the computer will stay basically the same; a combination of work (writing ...

First Computer Memories

October 17, 2011

My first interactions with computers were probably text based games that were available on my Mom's Rainbow terminal she had in the house as a kid. As I grew older, most of interactions on the computer were various types of games of various qualities and types, and eventually writing ...

STARS Reflection March 2011

March 25, 2011

How are your current academic goals developing?Classes are going fine. How is your STARS project progressing?The student's are becoming more familiar with the robots, and are starting to experiment with using sensors and more complicated concepts. Has STARS mentoring been helpful lately?N/A Did you experience ...