Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Andrea Thomaz joined the University of Texas faculty in January 2016 after serving as associate professor of interactive computing at Georgia Tech for nine years. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. Thomaz works in artificial intelligence, robotics, and human-robot interaction. Her research aims to computationally model mechanisms of human social learning in order to build social robots and other machines that are intuitive for everyday people to teach. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2010 and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2008. She was named to the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovators Under 35 in 2009 and to Popular Science magazine’s Brilliant 10 List in 2012.