Maja Mataric
Dr Maja J Mataric
Vice Dean & Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
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I currently have two jobs at USC. I create socially-assistive robots, machines that can help people to recover, learn, and achieve their potential. For example, my group creates robots that help stroke patients, children with autism, and elderly people with dementia. These intelligent machines can help to provide personalized care when human care is not available. I also serve as senior associate dean for research for engineering.

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  • Trinity asked Maja Mataric, University of Southern California

    Added Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Currently I am a junior in high school and attending a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program where I l get exposed to different aspects of computer science. This week we are learning about programming robotics. I am really interested in your job. Could you explain more about how you could get a job building robots to help people like you do? How could I get more exposure to it?
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    Maja Mataric, University of Southern California
    Answered Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    My advice to everyone is to first and foremost learn to program.  Programming is the most useful skill across engineering (and science); it helps in every branch of engineering so do start there.  Next, if you are interested in robotics, read ...

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  • London, Detroit

    Added Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Hi, I have recently become interested in engineering, and I am a senior in high school. I plan on majoring one engineering at Spelman next school year, but I am very nervous because I have not taken physics or calculus, and I really want to go into computer engineering/computer science. Any suggestions? Should I still go through with it? I have taken pre-calc. I was thinking about trying to take summer classes for both subjects.
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    Maja Mataric, University of Southern California
    Answered Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Hi London,

    First and foremost, don't worry, computer engineering and computer science are not focused on calculus or physics, but instead on logic and, in some areas, probability and statistics.  Most CS/CE major require calculus but not as a ...

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  • Madiha Kamran, Karachi, Pakistan

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Assalm o Alaikum ! This is Madiha from Karachi, Pakistan.
    I badly need some consultancy from you guys regarding my studies. How is the field of computer engineering for girls? I have been hearing from a lot of people that there are very less job opportunities for girls in this field, and if by some means they get a job then they're not highly paid. Is that so? I have true interest in computers since my childhood days. You can say I'm a PC bug. This is the reason I want to select computer ...
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    Maja Mataric, University of Southern California
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:16 AM
    My area is actually computer science, not computer engineering. The two are completely distinct, separate departments and research areas, with some overlap but not much. So you will need to read up a bit on the two and learn about the differences. I ...Read More
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