MIT professor to speak at Greenwich Academy’s commencement

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal will deliver the graduation address at Greenwich Academy’s 187th commencement on Thursday, May 22. Breazeal is an associate professor of Media Arts and Science at MIT where she also founded and directs the Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group.

Breazeal is the author of Designing Sociable Robots, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction, and robot learning. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Gilbreth Lecture Award and TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.

Breazeal is also a member of the advisory board for the Science Channel and an overseer at the Museum of Science in Boston.

She delivered a TED talk, “The Rise of Personal Robots,” which introduced concepts and technologies investigated by the Personal Robots Group to mainstream audiences.

“Dr. Breazeal is a true pioneer in her field,” Head of School Molly King said in a statement. “She and her team are making remarkable advances in the world of social and interactive robotics, using them for noblecauses like the development of robotic companions and assistants for pediatric and eldercare. The Class of 2014 and the rest of the GA community are honored to have her as our commencement speaker.”

Cynthia Breazeal

Paul Schott