Dr. Laurel Riek is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She is a roboticist with interests in human-robot interaction, computer vision, and healthcare engineering, and focuses on designing systems able to sense, respond, and adapt to people. Her current research projects have applications in critical care, neurorehabilitation, and manufacturing.

Prof. Riek received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University. She served as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation from 2000-2008, where she worked on learning and vision systems for robots. From 2011-2016 Prof. Riek held the Clare Boothe Luce chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Qualcomm Research Award, and was named one of ASEE's 20 Faculty Under 40. Her research has been supported by the NSF, AFOSR, DOE, Luce Foundation, Adobe, and Amazon.

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