Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cynthia Breazeal is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is known as a pioneer in the area of social robotics and human-robot interaction. Her work balances technical innovation in AI, UX design, and understanding the psychology of engagement to design personified AI technologies that promote human flourishing and personal growth. She received her doctorate in 2000 from MIT. Previous honours include a National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and a AAAI Fellowship. She also founded the consumer social robotics company Jibo, where she served as Chief Scientist and Chief Experience Officer.