Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She is also the Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab.
She is a pioneer of Social Robotics & Human Robot Interaction and has developed some of the world’s most famous robotic creatures from small hexapod robots, to embedding robotic technologies into familiar everyday artifacts, to creating highly expressive humanoid robots and robot characters. Her recent work investigates 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 physical performance, learning/education, health, and family communication + play over distance.
She authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems, and is an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.