About Me

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Dr. Jin Joo Lee graduated with a PhD from the MIT Media Lab in the Personal Robots Group with Cynthia Breazeal on June 2017.  She also received a BS/MS degree in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009).

Her interests include human-robot interactions, social artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data-driven nonverbal behavior with a specific focus on modeling social and emotional communication using machine learning algorithms to develop lifelike and interactive robot characters. Her interdisciplinary approach combines methodologies from robotics, AI, social psychology, and cognitive science to not only develop socially intelligent robots but also advance our scientific understanding of the human social mind.

She led the development of the Tega robot, an android-based platform designed for highly-expressive and engaging interactions with young children.  She is an end-to-end roboticist with experience in computer vision and perception, cognitive models and planners, animated behaviors down to motor controllers, and evaluating user-experience.