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Maja Mataric

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

Education

  • 1994, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1990, Master's Degree, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1987, Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science, University of Kansas

Biography


Maja Mataric' is a Chan Soon-Shiong distinguished professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics 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), interim Vice President of Research, past Vice Dean for Research (2006-2019) 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), IEEE, AAAI, and ACM, and recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from President Obama, and the Okawa Foundation, NSF Career, the MIT TR100 Innovation, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career, the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Innovation, Viterbi School Service Award and Junior Research Awards, and is featured in the documentary movie "Me & Isaac Newton." She is an advisory editor of three major journals and has published extensively in various areas of robotics. Here is her Google Scholar profile. Prof. Mataric' is actively involved in K-12 outreach, leading the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center and 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 reach their potential through individual assistance (for convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education) and team cooperation (for habitat monitoring and emergency response). Research details are found at robotics.usc.edu/interaction.

Research Summary


Prof. Mataric's research is focused on creating robots that help people do their own work and reach their potential. She is a pioneer of the field of socially assistive robotics, which focuses on developing personalized human-robot interaction methods for behavior change aimed at health, wellness, rehabilitation, training and education. The work is 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. 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) and multi-modal behavioral data-driven learning in complex, dynamic, and uncertain real-world environments such as schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and homes. by integrating on-line perception, representation, and interaction with people. To address the inherently multidisciplinary challenges of this research, the work draws on theories, models, and collaborations from neuroscience, cognitive science, social science, health sciences, and education. Prof. Mataric's earlier research focused on synthesis and analysis of adaptive group behavior for distributed multi-robot control and learning, and humanoid control and learning from interaction, imitation and demonstration.

Awards


  • 2019 USC Distinguished Professor
  • 2017 AAAI Fellow, AAAI
  • 2015 Insight into Diversity Top 100 Inspiring Women in STEM
  • 2013 Anita Borg Institute Women of VIsion Award in Innovation
  • 2011 US President, nominated via NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
  • 2011 USC Provost's Mentoring Award
  • 2011 Chan Soon-Shiong Inaugural Chair in Computer Science
  • 2010 IEEE Fellow, IEEE
  • 2010 USC Remarkable Woman Award
  • 2009 USC Mellon USC Mellon Mentoring Award
  • 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
  • 2006 USC Provost's Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2006 Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Membership
  • 2005 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Service Award
  • 2004 Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • 2003 HICSS Int. Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2003 Provost's Center for Interdisciplinary Research USC Provost's Fellowship
  • 2000 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award
  • 2000 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Research 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
  • 1996 NSF Career Award
  • 1995 Brandeis University nominee for the Packard Foundation Fellowship
  • 1993 Sigma Xi Society Sigma Xi membership
  • 1990 GE Foundation Faculty of the Future Fellowship
  • 1987 NCR Graduate Engineering Fellowship
  • 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
  • 1985 University of Kansas W. R. Gregory and E. V. Berger Scholarship
  • 1983 State of Kansas State of Kansas Scholarship
  • - USC Viterbi School of Engineering Ambassador to the USC President
Appointments
  • Computer Science
  • Pediatrics/Childrens Hospital
  • Neuroscience Program

Office
  • CUB 325
  • Usc Credit Union Building
  • 3720 S. Flower Street Los Angeles Ca 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 0706

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-6709
  • mataric@usc.edu

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