Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard focuses on advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics. Her work has resulted in over 200 publications and covers technologies ranging from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM apps. Dr. Howard received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and her M.B.A. from the Drucker Graduate School of Management. To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, as well as being named one of the 23 most powerful engineers in the world by Business Insider. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, which is currently licensing technology derived from her research and has released their first suite of STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities.
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