Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Lynn Breazeal (born November 15, 1967 in Albuquerque, New Mexico ) [1] is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where she is the director of the Personal Robots Group (formerly the Robotic Life Group ) at the MIT Media Laboratory . She is best known for re work in robotics where she was honored as a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction .


Cynthia Breazeal RECEIVED re BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989, [2] re SM in 1993 and re Sc.D. in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, zowel from MIT.

She developed the robot Kismet as a doctoral thesis looking JSON expressive social exchange tussen humans and humanoid robots . Now u can see Kismet at the MIT Museum where u can find some of the other robots Breazeal co-developed while a graduate student at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. Notable examples include the upper torso humanoid robot Cog and the insect-like robot Hannibal.

At the Media Lab, Breazeal Continues to work on social interaction and socially Situated learning tussen people and robots . Leonardo is Another globally honored robot (co-developed with Stan Winston Studio) that was developed as a successor to Kismet (honored by Wired Magazine in 2006 as one of the “50 Best Robots Ever”). Leonardo was ook-used to Investigate social cognition and Theory of Mind abilities on robots with application to human-robot collaboration, in addition under to ontwikkelingslanden social learning abilities for robots zoals imitation, tutelage, and social referencing. Nexi is the most recently robot in this tradition (Awarded a TIME Magazine 50 Best Inventions of 2008). Nexi is a robot MDS (Mobile, Dexterous, Social) therein combineert rich social communication abilities with mobile Dexterity to Investigate more complex forms of human-robot teaming.

Other social robots developed in Breazeal’s Personal Robots Group include Auto, a robot diet and exercise coach (the PhD thesis or Cory Kidd). It was found to be more effective dan a computer counterpart in sustaining engagement and building trust and a working alliance with users. Auto is in the process of being commercialized (see Intuitive Automata). Breazeal’s group has ook Explored expressive remote presence robots (for example, MeBot and huggable). The physical social Embodiment of the MeBot was found to elicit grotere psychologische Involvement, commitment, and desire to cooperate with s purely screen-based video conferencing or a mobile screen.

Breazeal’s Personal Robots Group has’ll be done a number of design projects. See Cyber Flora that was exhibited at the 2003 National Design Triennial at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Breazeal is honored as a designer and innovator on the national and global stage. She RECEIVED the Gilbreth Lectures Award by the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. She has spoken at a number of prominent global events waaronder the World Science Festival, the World Economic Forum, and TEDWomen. Breazeal is a featured scientist in the Women’s Adventures in Science series (sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences). In 2003, Breazeal was honored as a Finalist in the National Design Awards Communication at the White House.

She is an Overseer at the Museum of Science in Boston, and she is on the Board of Advisors of the Science Channel.

She’ll be has a prominent role as a virtual participant in a popular exhibit on robots with the traveling exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination , interacting with a real C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels as she ghosts to the audience through a pre -recorded message displayed on a large plasma flat-screen display.

In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. [3]

On July 16, 2014, Cynthia launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the development of the JIBO personal assistant robot. [4] JIBO is Currently a prototype and has reached zijn initial fundraising goal, the home edition will be on the market late 2016. [5]

Selected works


  • Breazeal, Cynthia (2002). Designing Sociable Robots . The MIT Press. ISBN  0-262-02510-8 .
  • Breazeal, Cynthia; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (2003). Biologically Inspired Intelligent Robots . Bellingham, Washington: SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering). ISBN  0-8194-4872-9 .


  1. Jump up^ “Cynthia Breazeal – roboticist” . National Academy of Sciences . Women’s Adventures in Science . Retrieved April 17, 2010 .
  2. Jump up^ “Berazeal Cynthia”. Current Biography Yearbook 2011 . Ipswich, MA: HW Wilson. 2011. pp. 89-92. ISBN  9780824211219 .
  3. Jump up^ “2003 Young Innovators Under 35” . Technology Review . 2003 . Retrieved August 16, 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ “JIBO, World’s First Family Robot. 4800” .
  5. Jump up^ “Jibo the companion robot will start shipping in October” . Slash Gear . Retrieved 28 May 2016 .