Ayanna Howard, Phd, MS

Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies and robotics, has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects – from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM applications for children with diverse learning needs. To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider. In 2013, she founded Zyrobotics, which is currently licensing technology derived from her research and has released its first suite of STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Professor Howard was a senior robotics researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also served as the associate director of research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, chair of the robotics Ph.D. program, and the associate chair for Faculty Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Professor Howard received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University, and her master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.