Cynthia Breazeal

Robotics Panelist
Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.

Breazeal is an award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur. Her research focuses on developing principles, techniques and technologies for personal robots that are socially intelligent, can interact and communicate with people in human-centric terms, and work with humans as peers. She has developed some of the world’s most famous robot creatures ranging from small hexapod robots, to embedding robotic technologies into familiar everyday artifacts, to creating highly expressive humanoid robots and robot characters. Breazeal has recently been working on investigating the impact of social robots on helping people of all ages to achieve personal goals that contribute to quality of life in domains such as education, health, wellbeing, and emotive connection and engagement despite distance.

Breazeal has authored, “Designing Sociable Robots,” and written over 100+ peer-reviewed articles focusing on autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction and robot learning. She has received numerous awards and accolades, among them are the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilberth Lecture Award, Technology Review’s TR35 Award, Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008 & 2017, and the ONR Young Investigator Award.