Dr. Laurel Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and Fellow in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. 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, social signal processing, and health informatics. 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 creating novel sensing and robotics technology to improve patient safety.

Prof. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, a Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, several best paper awards, and five recognition awards at MITRE. In 2014 she was named as one of ASEE's 20 Faculty under 40. She serves on the editorial board 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.