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Laurel Riek

Laurel D. Riek

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Adjunct Associate Professor
Bioengineering Graduate Program


Phone: 574-631-8380


Dr. Laurel Riek is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. 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, and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Quality of Life Technology, Healthcare Engineering, Human Activity Analysis, Computer Vision, Patient Safety, Safety-Critical Engineering 


Three Engineering Faculty Receive 2016 AFOSR YIP Awards

February 9, 2016

Three faculty members — Thomas Juliano, Tijana Milenkovic, and Laurel Riek — to receive awards as part of the 2016 Young Investigator Program of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

How Researchers Are Turning "Star Wars" Droids into Reality

December 15, 2015

The enduring popularity of and interest in "Star Wars," C-3PO, and R2-D2 speaks to the fascination many people have with robotics and artificial intelligence. Although no one will have their own C-3PO soon, a number of University of Notre Dame researchers are working to make droids more science fact than science fiction.

Disco-dance with robots at fourth annual National Robotics Week event

April 6, 2015

Robots that disco-dance with you, play hide-and-seek or engage in a Pokémon battle are just a few of the projects that will be on display during the fourth annual University of Notre Dame National Robotics Week event on Sunday (April 12). The free event is open to the public, and will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena.


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