Cynthia Breazeal

Associate Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2000, PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT. Pioneer in the field of social robotics and human-robot interaction. Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab, founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. Founder, Jibo, a consumer personal robotics and artificial intelligence start-up. Research focuses on the design and impact of personalized and emotionally engaging artificial intelligence/robots that build a relationship over long-term interaction to help people of all ages achieve meaningful outcomes in education, health and wellness to promote personal growth and flourishing. Author of the book “Designing Sociable Robots”. Has spoken at venues such as TED, CES, SXSW, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations on topics related to artificial intelligence, innovation and society. Recipient of awards and honours, including: National Academy of Engineering; National Design Awards; Technology Review’s TR100/35 Award; George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award. Robots have been recognized by TIME magazine’s Best Inventions in 2008 and in 2017 where Jibo was featured on the cover.