COGROBOTICS LAB Imagine a gathering place in which faculty and students research problem solve conceptualize what does not yet exist and well play in the highest sense of that word. With that picture in mind you have Rensselaers CogRobotics Lab presided over by Bram Van Heuveln lecturer in the department of cognitive science. This is where students from all different disciplines can come together and develop interesting independent study Professor Van Heuveln said. On a typical day the lab is bustling with activity. In one corner Mei Si assistant professor of cognitive science is working with students who have constructed a small robot from a Roomba vacuum with the idea of turning it into a storyteller for children. Instead of having an avatar on a screen were extending it with this platform Professor Si explained. The character will approach you and talk and express human-like emotions. In another part of the lab Kota Weaver 15 is conferencing with peers on his project a centralized network in the home to assist people with physical disabilities. I want this to be useful to stroke victims and people with severe arthritis so they can have more independence within their homes said Weaver.