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Cynthia Lynn (Ferrell) Breazeal (born 1967) is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker, where she is the director of the Personal Robots Group (formerly the Robotic Life Group) at the MIT Media Laboratorymarker. She is best known for her work in human-computer interaction.


Breazeal received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbaramarker in 1989.

Breazeal received her S.M. in 1993 and her Sc.D. in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Breazeal developed the robot Kismet as a doctoral research project looking into expressive social exchange between humans and humanoid robots.

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In 2004, Breazeal was the lead researcher on the Sociable Machines project focusing on social interaction and socially situated learning between people and humanoid robots. She also had a prominent role as a virtual participant in a popular exhibit on robots at the Boston Museum of Science, interacting with a real C-3PO and R2-D2 as she spoke to the audience through a pre-recorded message displayed on a large plasma flat-screen display.


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