Greetings! I work on all things design at the Open Source Robotics Foundation, a small robotics software non-profit in Mountain View, California. As the sole member of the OSRF design team, I identify simultaneously as a User Researcher, Interaction Designer, User Experience (UX) Designer, and robot swag master.
In these roles, I aim to raise the bar for usability of open source software, and help make robotics accessible to a wider audience through thoughtful, user-centered design.
I studied psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz before working at Willow Garage as a Human-Robot Interaction research assistant. Following Willow Garage, I obtained a Masters of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
In my spare time, I hoard Vitamin D by hiking, running and swimming, construct jewelry of questionable structural integrity, feed my clog fetish, and compulsively apply ChapStick.
C. Aguero, N. Koenig, I. Chen, H. Boyer, S. Peters, J. Hsu, B. Gerkey, S. Paepcke, J. Rivero, J. Manzo, E. Krotkov and G. Pratt, 'Inside the Virtual Robotics Challenge: Simulating Real-Time Robotic Disaster Response', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 494-506, 2015.
Paepcke, S. & Takayama, L. (2010). Judging a bot by its cover: An experiment on expectation setting for personal robots. Proceedings of Human-Robot Interaction: HRI 2010, Osaka, JP, 45-52. [21% acceptance rate]
Futurama panel. Silicon Valley Forum's Women in Tech Festival. March 30, 2016 at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA.
"An exploration of Next-Gen technology, and the women leading us there."
My first televised interview! The Kamla Show. December 17, 2015.
R2-D2 or C-3PO? Robotics designers weigh in on which approach makes the most sense." ZDNet. December 19, 2015.
Read my thoughts on robot design (slides 3 and 4).
I'm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach me at spaepcke[at]gmail, or via LinkedIn.