Dr. Maja Matarić is inspired by the vast potential for affordable human-centered technologies, especially socially assistive robotics
, as means of improving human quality of life. Founder and director of the Interaction Lab
at the University of Southern California
, 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.