Laurel D. Riek
Assoc Professor , Computer Science and Engineering
Faculty-Affiliate , Calit2
Robotics, healthcare engineering, human-robot interaction, machine perception, computer vision, machine learning, non-linear dynamics
Professor Riek’s research goal is to enable robots to robustly solve problems in dynamically- changing human environments. Riek is particularly focused on problems in real-world, safety-critical healthcare environments, such as hospitals, homes and clinics. Her work tackles the fundamental and applied problems that make complex, real-world perception and interaction in these spaces so challenging for robots. Riek’s work draws on techniques from the fields of computer vision, machine learning, non-linear dynamics, and human factors to enable robots to autonomously perceive, respond, and adapt to people in the real world.
Laurel Riek is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, and joined the faculty in 2016. She is a roboticist with interests in human-robot interaction, machine perception, and healthcare engineering, and focuses on designing systems able to sense, respond, and adapt to people. Previously, Prof. Riek was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (2011-2016), and Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation (2000-2007). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (2011), and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University (2000). Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, and was named one of ASEE's 20 Faculty Under 40.
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