Maja Matarić, PhD
Professor of Computer Science, Neurosciece, and Pediatrics
University of Southern California
Maja is a professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center , co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab , Vice Dean for Research in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and past president of the USC faculty and the Academic Senate. She is inspired by the vast potential for affordable human-centered technologies, especially socially assistive robotics, as means of improving human quality of life. Her research is aimed at endowing robots with the ability to help people, especially those with special needs. She is passionate about conveying the importance and promise of interdisciplinary engineering research and careers in STEM to all who should know more, including K-12 students and teachers, women and other underrepresented groups in engineering, the media, and policy makers.