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Maja Mataric is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and the Neuroscience Program at the University of Southern California, the Director of the USC Robotics Research Lab and an Associate Director of IRIS (Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems). She joined USC in September 1997, after two and a half years as an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University. She received a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from MIT in 1994, and an MS in Computer Science at MIT in 1990. She has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, the Free University of Brussels AI Lab, LEGO Cambridge Research Labs, GTE Research Labs, the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, and ATR. Her research covers the areas of control and learning in intelligent multi-robot systems, and cognitive neuroscience modeling of skill learning through imitation. For more information, see

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Scientific American Frontiers
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