Academic Dissertations in the News

Georgia Tech robotics dissertation is subject of NPR news story

22 March 2016

Would you trust a robot to escort you out of a burning building? Maybe you shouldn't. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with roboticist Paul Robinette, author dissertation titled, "Developing Robots that Impact Human-robot Trust in Emergency Evacuations."

Read transcript of NPR internview at

Download PDF dissertation at

Juggling Unicyclist Rides off to Defend His Math Doctoral Dissertation

4 December 2015

This adorable video from 2009 shows a very proud father and his son. The dad has good reason to be proud! David, the young man in the video, was leaving home to defend his doctoral dissertation in math at Stanford University.

Tradition mandated that David ride to the defense on a unicycle while juggling. He juggled 4 balls, as math and natural sciences scholars usually do (social sciences: 3 balls, humanities: 2).

He was successful! The father now calls him "Dr. Dave."

See video at

21 Struggles Everyone Who Has Done A Dissertation Will Understand

18 September 2015

Such as 9) Becoming obsessed with sitting in the same place in the library every day and getting there extra early so you can reserve it.
10) Having your closest and most intimate relationships be with people you sit near in the library.
16) Finding an article that basically summarises your entire argument a week before it’s due.