Laurel Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Affiliated Faculty in Bioengineering, and Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values 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. From 2000-2007 she worked as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticist at The MITRE Corporation.
Riek's research interests include robotics, human activity understanding, and healthcare engineering. She focuses on designing autonomous robots able to sense, respond, and adapt to human behavior. Her work also tackles real-world problems in healthcare, by designing robotics and sensing technology to improve patient safety, as well as to aid in mental and behavioral healthcare. Her research has been supported by the NSF, AFOSR, DOE, Luce Foundation, Adobe, and Amazon.
Prof. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, a Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, and several best paper awards. She also received five recognition awards at MITRE, and in 2014 was named as one of ASEE's 20 Faculty under 40. Riek serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems and IEEE Access, on the Steering Committee of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), and numerous conference program committees.