Dr. Thomaz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She joined the faculty in 2016, previously she was an an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on computationally modeling mechanisms of human social learning in order to build robots and other machines that are intuitive for people to teach.
She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. Dr. Thomaz has published in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Human-Robot Interaction. She received an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, and an NSF CAREER award in 2010. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on NOVA Science Now, she was named one of MIT Technology Review’s TR 35 in 2009, and on Popular Science Magazine’s Brilliant 10 list in 2012.