Associate Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Cynthia Breazeal is Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab where she leads the Lab’s new strategic initiatives. She is also founder and Director of Personal Robots Group, and she is spearheading MIT’s K-12 and vocational education initiative on AI, in collaboration with the Media Lab, Open Learning and the Schwarzman College of Computing. She is a member of the AAAI-CTSA working group on developing K-12 standards for AI education. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of social robotics and human-robot interaction and is a AAAI Fellow. She is a recipient of awards by the National Academy of Engineering as well as the National Design Awards. She has received Technology Review’s TR100/35 Award and the George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award. She has also been recognized as an award winning entrepreneur, designer and innovator by CES, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and Core 77 to name a few. Her robots have been recognized by TIME magazine’s Best Inventions in 2008 and in 2017 where her award-wining Jibo robot was featured on the cover. She received her doctorate from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2000.