Q Describe what you do in your current work situation? A I am a chaired professor of computer science, neuroscience and pediatrics at the University of Southern California. I do research in socially assistive robotics, a research field I co-founded, which focuses on developing robots that can help people through social rather than physical interaction. My lab works on developing human-robot interaction algorithms for children with autism, elderly with Alzheimer's, stroke survivors, teens at risk for Type 2 diabetes, among others. I also run a startup aimed at improving people's quality of life through socially assistive robotics.