Maja Mataric, University of Southern California
Maeder Hall, ACEE
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
Maja Mataric´ is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (rasc.usc.edu) and her Interaction Lab (robotics.usc.edu/interaction). She received a PhD and MS from MIT and BS from the University of Kansas. She is Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and AAAI, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in Innovation, NSF Career, MIT TR35 Innovation, and IEEE RAS Early Career Awards, among others. A founder of the rapidly growing field of socially assistive robotics, her research is focused on enabling robots to help through non physical means: through motivation, companionship and coaching. Her work has been validated in therapy, rehabilitation, training, and education for children with autism, stroke survivors, Alzheimer's patients and other special needs populations. She is passionate about conveying the importance of engineering research and careers in STEM to K-12 students and teachers, women and other underrepresented groups in engineering, the media, and policy makers.