Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.
Breazeal is a pioneer of social robotics and human robot interaction. 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 education, health, wellbeing, and emotive connection and engagement despite distance.
Her work balances technical innovation and design with understanding the human psychology of engaging with social robots to maximize beneficial outcomes. Her 2002 book Designing Sociable Robots is about Kismet, an expressive humanoid robot. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, and is an award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur. Breazeal did her graduate work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and received her doctorate in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.