Robotics Legend Ayanna Howard On The Future Of Human-Robot Interactions
Alex KnappForbes Staff
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When roboticist Ayanna Howard was a little girl, she was inspired by TV to pursue a career in science. Growing up in the 1970s, she was particularly captivated by the TV show The Bionic Woman.
“I wanted to be the bionic woman,” she said. “The rest of my life has been about figuring out what that means.”
Today, the focus of her work is the way humans and robots work together to augment each other’s capabilities. She’s currently the Chair of the School of Interactive Computing and Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab at Georgia Tech.
She’s also the cofounder and CTO of Zyrorobotics, a company that develops educational products for children and additionally serves as an IEEE senior member. In her career, she’s helped develop a variety of robotic innovations, including JPL’s SnoMote robots, which are used for researching icy places like glaciers.