Cynthia Breazeal named Media Lab associate director

By June 19, 2020 No Comments

Cynthia Breazeal has been promoted to complete professor and named affiliate director of the Media Lab, becoming a member of the 2 different affiliate administrators: Hiroshi Ishii and Andrew Lippman. Each appointments are efficient July 1.

In her new affiliate director function, Breazeal will paintings with lab college and researchers to increase new strategic analysis projects. She may even play a key function in exploring new investment mechanisms to make stronger large Media Lab wishes, together with multi-faculty analysis efforts, collaborations with different labs and departments around the MIT campus, and experimental govt training alternatives. 

“I’m excited that Cynthia might be making use of her super power, creativity, and mind to rally the neighborhood in defining new alternatives for investment and analysis instructions,” says Pattie Maes, chair of the lab’s govt committee. “As a primary step, she has already arranged a sequence of casual charrettes, the place all participants of the lab neighborhood can take part in brainstorming collaborations that vary from tele-creativity, to resilient communities, to sustainability and local weather alternate.” 

Maximum just lately, Breazeal has led an MIT collaboration between the Media Lab, MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman School of Computing, and MIT Open Finding out to increase, a web-based studying website for grades Ok-12, which stocks quite a few on-line actions for college students to be told about synthetic intelligence, with a focal point on methods to design and use AI responsibly. 


Whilst assuming those new obligations, Breazeal will proceed to go the lab’s Private Robots analysis workforce, which specializes in creating private social robots and their attainable for significant have an effect on on on a regular basis existence — from tutorial aids for youngsters, to pediatric use in hospitals, to at-home assistants for the aged.

Breazeal is globally identified as a pioneer in human-robot interplay. Her e-book, “Designing Sociable Robots” (MIT Press, 2002), is thought of as pivotal in launching the sector. In 2019 she was once named an AAAI fellow. Prior to now, she won a lot of awards together with the Nationwide Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and MIT Generation Overview‘s TR100/35 Award. Her robotic Jibo was once at the duvet of TIME mag in its Easiest Innovations listing of 2017, and in 2003 she was once a finalist for the Nationwide Design Awards in Communications Design. In 2014, Fortune mag identified her as one of the vital Maximum Promising Girls Marketers. The next yr, she was once named certainly one of Entrepreneur mag’s Girls to Watch.

Breazeal earned a BS in electric and laptop engineering from the College of California at Santa Barbara, and MS and ScD levels from MIT in electric engineering and laptop science.