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Maja Mataric

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Chan Soon-Shiong Chair and Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics

Education

  • 1994, PhD, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1990, Masters, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1987, Bachelors, Computer Science, University of Kansas

Biography


Maja Mataric' is a professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience at
the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC
Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (rasc.usc.edu), co-director
of the USC Robotics Research Lab (robotics.usc.edu), Vice
Dean for Research in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and past president of the USC faculty and the Academic
Senate. She received her PhD in Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence from MIT in 1994, MS in Computer Science from MIT in
1990, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas in
1987. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) and recipient of the Okawa Foundation Award, NSF
Career Award, the MIT TR100 Innovation Award, the IEEE Robotics and
Automation Society Early Career Award, the USC Viterbi School of
Engineering Service Award and Junior Research Award, the Provost's
Center for Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship, and is featured in
the documentary movie "Me & Isaac Newton." She is an associate editor
of three major journals and has published extensively in various areas
of robotics. Prof. Mataric' is actively involved in K-12 outreach,
having received federal and corporate grants for developing free
curricular materials for elementary and middle-school robotics courses
in order to engage student interest in science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) topics. Her Interaction Lab's research
into socially assistive robotics is aimed at endowing robots with the
ability to help people through individual assistance (for
convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education) and team
cooperation (for habitat monitoring and emergency response). Research
details are found at http://robotics.usc.edu/interaction/

Research Summary


Prof. Mataric's research is aimed at endowing robots with the ability to help people. It inspired by the dual goals of 1) gaining novel insights into human behavior and cognition through human-machine interaction and 2) developing robotic systems capable of providing personalized assistance individually (in convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education) or in teams (in habitat monitoring and emergency response). Her Interaction Lab focuses on socially assistive systems capable of aiding people through social interaction rather than through physical contact. The research involves intelligent human-robot interaction (HRI), control, and learning in complex, dynamic, and uncertain environments by integrating on-line perception, representation, and interaction with people. To address the inherently multidisciplinary challenges of this research area, her work draws on theories, models, and collaborations from neuroscience, cognitive science, social science, health sciences, and education.

The Interaction Lab projects focus on assistive human-robot interaction. Under the unbrella of socially assistive robotics, the group also pursues projects in humanoid control and learning through interaction, imitation and demonstration; and activity modeling for individuals, small groups, and crowds. Prof. Mataric's earlier work focused on synthesis and analysis of adaptive group behavior for distributed multi-robot control and learning.

Awards


  • - USC Viterbi School of Engineering Ambassador to the USC President
  • 1983 State of Kansas State of Kansas Scholarship
  • 1985 University of Kansas W. R. Gregory and E. V. Berger Scholarship
  • 1986 University of Kansas Adolph J. Spangler Scholarship
  • 1986 Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Membership
  • 1986 Pi Beta Phi Pi Beta Phi Scholarship
  • 1987 NCR Graduate Engineering Fellowship
  • 1990 GE Foundation Faculty of the Future Fellowship
  • 1993 Sigma Xi Society Sigma Xi membership
  • 1995 Brandeis University nominee for the Packard Foundation Fellowship
  • 1996 NSF Career Award
  • 1999 ACM Best Paper Award
  • 1999 USC Provost's Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 1999 MIT Technology Review TR100 Innovation Award
  • 2000 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award
  • 2000 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Research Award
  • 2003 HICSS Int. Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2003 Provost's Center for Interdisciplinary Research USC Provost's Fellowship
  • 2004 Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • 2005 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Service Award
  • 2006 USC Provost's Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2006 Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Membership
  • 2007 IEEE Ro-Man Int. Conference Best Poster
  • 2007 IEEE RO-MAN Best Poster Presentation Award
  • 2007 Business and Professional Women Organization, Valley Sunset District Woman of the Year
  • 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow of the AAAS
  • 2009 USC Mellon USC Mellon Mentoring Award
  • 2011 US President, nominated via NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
  • 2011 USC Provost's Mentoring Award
Appointments
  • Vice Dean, for Research
  • Computer Science
  • Pediatrics/Childrens Hospital

Office
  • OHE 200
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1450

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4520
  • mataric@usc.edu

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