Laurel D. Riek
Summary of Activities/Interests
Dr. Riek's research interests include robotics, social signal processing, health informatics, human-robot interaction, and assistive technology.
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Cambridge, 2011
B.S., Logic and Computation, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
Dr. Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame, and is Director of the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab. She performs fundamental research in socially interactive robotics and human communication, and applies the research to real-world problems in Health, Education, and Quality of Life. Dr. Riek received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and her B.Sc. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University. Before undertaking her Ph.D., she worked for eight years as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticst at MITRE, a non-for-profit research institute.
Dr. Riek has won numerous awards for her research, including an NSF CAREER Award, a Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar Award, and numerous awards during her time at MITRE including: a President's Award, a Vice President and General Manager's Award, a Program Recognition Award, and two division level recognition awards.