Maryam “Mary” Pourebadi is a PhD student at UC San Diego, affiliated
with the Contextual Robotics Institute at the Jacobs School of
Engineering. Her research explores the use of interactive, expressive
social robots in real-world contexts. Trained as both a scientist and
engineer, she currently works on building the next generation of robotic
and avatar patient simulator systems, leveraging robots’ automation and
control modalities to impact human health and safety. Her research is at
the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence, human
robot Interaction, and healthcare engineering, all applied to robotics.
She is a Jacobs Graduate Student Council Awardee, UC San Diego ACM
Richard Tapia Scholar, and UC San Diego Grace Hopper Celebration
Maryam was a graduate researcher in the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory at Kent State University, where she received her M.Sc. in Computer Science in 2017. She also completed her B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2015, working on developing AI algorithms for cancer detection.