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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State University professor is traveling to Australia to continue her robotics research as a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar.

Cindy Bethel, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is known for developing a therapeutic robotic dog called Therabot.

Bethel will continue her work at the University of Technology Sydney, where she and university researchers will work to improve and further test Therabot during the 2018-19 academic year.

Bethel’s work in therapeutic robotics aims to create a support system for people in therapy, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorders.

The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s international exchange, funded by the State Department.

MSU professors have previously participated in the research and service program.