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My name is Prof. Maja Mataric, professor of computer science, neuroscience, and pediatrics, and vice dean of research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. My Interaction Lab pioneered the field of socially assistive robotics (robots that aid children with autism, stroke victims, elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, as well as healthy elderly, intergenerational living, and much more).
For Autism Awareness Month and National Robotics Week 2017, we recently produced a short film set in the near future, based on my work:
My colleagues and I are conducting the largest robotics and autism study ever done by a university: robots in the homes of 30 children with autism for 30 days, later this summer.
In 2011, I received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama.
More recently, Business Insider named me #5 on their list of “25 Most Powerful Women Engineers In Tech.”
In 2013, I received the “Women of Vision Award for Innovation” by the Anita Borg Institute. My “Push” speech here is kind of like “Lean In,” but pushier
Ask Me Anything!