Dr. Jin Joo Lee graduated with a PhD from the MIT Media Lab in the Personal Robots Group lead by Professor Cynthia Breazeal (2017). She received a BS/MS degree in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009). She was formerly a Character AI Engineer at Jibo Inc., creators of the world’s first social robot for the home, to create a proactive personal assistant for the home. She is currently at Amazon Alexa Devices continuing to develop intelligent interactive experiences.
Her expertise is in human-robot interactions, especially in modeling social and emotional communication using machine learning algorithms to create lifelike and interactive robot characters. Her interdisciplinary approach combines methodologies from robotics, AI, human social psychology, and cognitive science to develop robots with social-emotional intelligence.
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.