• From left: Finale Doshi-Velez, Stefanie Tellex, Nora Ayanian and W. Bradley Knox

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Four from MIT named to ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ list

Ranking celebrates rising researchers in the field of artificial intelligence


Four roboticists from MIT have been named to IEEE Intelligent Systems’ list of “AI’s 10 to Watch,” which celebrates 10 rising stars in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and MIT Media Lab members named to the list are: Nora Ayanian, Finale Doshi-Velez, W. Bradley Knox and Stefanie Tellex.

IEEE Intelligent Systems publishes the list every two years. The list features researchers who have all completed their doctoral work in the past five years. “Despite being relatively junior in their career,” writes Daniel Zeng, “each one has made impressive research contributions and had an impact in the literature — and in some cases, in real-world applications as well.”

Nora Ayanian is a postdoctoral associate in the Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL, where she is working on multi-robot coordination in uncertain environments. She will join the University of Southern California as a WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science in 2013.

Finale Doshi-Velez was a graduate student in the Robust Robotics Group at CSAIL, where she worked with Nicholas Roy, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is working on developing healthcare applications for machine leaning.

W. Bradley Knox is a postdoctoral researcher with the Personal Robots group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is developing a robotic reading companion for young children and continues his research on robots that learn from interaction with human trainers.

Stefanie Tellex is a research scientist in the Robust Robotics Group at CSAIL, where she works on constructing robots that seamlessly use natural language to communicate with humans. She previously worked at the MIT Media Lab, and will join the computer science department at Brown University as an assistant professor in September 2013.


Topics: Artificial intelligence, Awards, honors and fellowships, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Graduate, postdoctoral, Media Lab, Research, Staff, IEEE

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