Ayanna Howard

School of Interactive Computing
Technology Square Research Building, Rm.444
Professor Howard's research is centered around the concept of humanized intelligence — the process of embedding human cognitive capability into the control path of autonomous systems. This work, which addresses issues of autonomous control as well as aspects of interaction with humans and the surrounding environment, has resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects — from scientific rover navigation in glacier environments to assistive robots for the home. Howard’s unique accomplishments have been highlighted in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, and she was named an MIT Technology Review top young innovator of 2003, recognized as NSBE Educator of the Year in 2009, and receiving the Georgia-Tech Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award in 2013. From 1993-2005, Howard was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Following this, she joined Georgia Tech in July 2005 and founded the Human-Automation Systems Lab. She also served as chair of the multidisciplinary robotics Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech from 2010-2013.