Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs—Cynthia Breazeal

The fifth Kelly Distinguished Lecturer, Cynthia Breazeal, will present “Living with Social Robots: From Research to Commercialization” on Monday, April 16, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in the TSRB Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow the event.

Breazeal, known as a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction, is an associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group. She is also a co-founder and chief experience officer of Jibo, Inc., a startup bringing commercial social robots to the home.

Breazeal is recognized as a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction. Her research encompasses the design, technical innovation, and systematic investigation of the impact of social robots on human behavior, attitudes, and outcomes. Her most recent work explores social robots that engage people over repeated encounters to personalize and build relationships to promote learning, health, and wellbeing.

An award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur in venues such as TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions, the National Design Awards, and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Breazeal speaks at venues such as CES, SXSW, TED, and the United Nations on topics of AI, innovation, and society.

She completed her graduate work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and received her doctorate in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

About the Lecture Series

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Clinton W. Kelly III, a member of IRIM’s and the College of Computing’s advisory boards and a longtime benefactor of Georgia Tech, the Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs features preeminent scholars who present seminars on topics relevant to robots in the workplace.

Kelly is a recognized expert in leadership and management of research and advanced technology projects for both industry and government. Most recently, he served as the senior vice president for advanced technology development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). 

Prior to joining SAIC in 1998, Kelly was director of the U.S. Strategic Computing Program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and executive director of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Office. From 1980 until 1987, he was responsible for establishing the direction for research in all areas of the Strategic Computing Program. From 1986 to 1989, Kelly directed the U.S. Department of Defense study on Japanese manufacturing technology. He also directed the DARPA engineering applications office with oversight of all DARPA research programs in robotics and autonomous systems, intelligent processing of materials, multimedia communications, and simulation technology. 

From 1972 to 1980, Kelly was director of research and a founder of Decisions and Designs, Inc., a company specializing in the development and application of decision analysis to public and national security policy problems. 

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Unmanned Ground Vehicles and the Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center. Kelly received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1959, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1972, respectively.

Event Details


  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    3:00 pm - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    4:59 pm
Location: Technology Square Research Building Auditorium

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