Laurel Riek

Title(s)Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
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    Dr. Laurel Riek is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, and also has appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Contextual Robotics Institute, and Design Lab. Dr. Riek directs the Healthcare Robotics Lab, and leads research in human-robot teaming, assistive robotics, embodied AI, and health informatics, and builds intelligent systems which work proximately with people. Riek's current research projects have applications in acute care, neuro-rehabilitation, and home health. Dr. Riek is very interested in supporting health equity through community health efforts.

    Dr. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Qualcomm Research Award, multiple best paper awards, and was named one of ASEE's 20 Faculty Under 40. Riek's research has been supported by the NSF, AFOSR, ONR, DOE, and a number of companies and foundations. Prof. Riek currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Human Robot Interaction (THRI) Prof. Riek currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Human Robot Interaction (THRI), IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), and was the HRI 2023 General Co-Chair and HRI 2020 Program Chair.

    Dr. Riek served as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation from 2000-2008, working on learning and vision systems for robots. From 2011-2016 Prof. Riek held the Clare Boothe Luce chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Riek received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.

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    1. The Power of Robot-mediated Play: Forming Friendships and Expressing Identity. ACM Trans Hum Robot Interact. 2023 Dec; 12(4). Ahumada-Newhart V, Schneider M, Riek LD. PMID: 37877076; PMCID: PMC10593410.
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    2. Promoting Access in a Mexican-American Museum during the Pandemic: Online Community Events and Robots. Int J Incl Mus. 2023 Dec 30; 16(2):67-86. Ahumada-Newhart V, de la Peña A, Riek LD. PMID: 37916224; PMCID: PMC10617005.
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    3. Home-Based Cognitively Assistive Robots: Maximizing Cognitive Functioning and Maintaining Independence in Older Adults Without Dementia. Clin Interv Aging. 2020; 15:1129-1139. Van Patten R, Keller AV, Maye JE, Jeste DV, Depp C, Riek LD, Twamley EW. PMID: 32764900; PMCID: PMC7371917.
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