Public and Media Highlights

PodCasts and Videos


  • “Designing Socially Interactive Robots for Early Intervention,” Cerebral Palsy Foundation/New Frontiers 2020 e-Health Summit, Aug. 2020.
  • “Designing Socially Interactive Agents for Healthcare,” BayLearn Conference, Oct. 2019
  • “Lessons Learned Traversing Through the Robotics World of Research,” NSF EFRI REM (Research Experience and Mentoring) Program, Washington, DC, March 2019.
  • “Investigations into the Human-AI Trust Phenomenon,” NeurIPS, Montreal, QC, Dec. 2018.
  • “Should We Trust Robots and Should They Trust Us? Overtrust and Bias in the Modern Age,” Maurice and Yetta Glicksman Forum – Brown University, Providence, RI, May 2018.
  • “The Value of Inclusive STEM Education: Robots and their Role in our Future”, The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Orlando, FL, January 2018.
  • “An Investigative Report: Examining Trust in Human-Robot Interaction Scenarios,” Int. Symposium on Multi-robot and Multi-Agent Systems, Los Angeles, CA, December 2017.
  • “The Value of You (U) in Computing: A Robot Story,” Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, FL, October 2017.
  • “Research at the Intersection Between Robots and Play: Designing Robots for Children’s Healthcare,” IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, Singapore, May 2017
  • “Designing Assistive Robots and Technologies for Pediatric Care,” AAAI Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence, San Francisco, CA, Feb. 2017.
  • “The Future of Robotics and Intelligent Machines”, California Educational Technology Professionals Association Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA, November 2016.
  • “Robotics and Artificial Intelligence,” Technical College System of Georgia Annual Leadership Conference, Savannah, GA, October 2016.
  • “Designing Robots for Real People,” HybridConf, Dublin, Ireland, August 2015.
  • U.S. Embassy Speaker and Specialist Program: “Robotics – Opportunities in the 21 century economy,” U.S. Embassy, India (Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai), August 31-Sept. 4th, 2013.
  • “Robotics and Assistive Technologies: Their Emerging Role in Healthcare,” 26th International FLAIRS Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL, May 2013.
  • U.S. Embassy Speaker and Specialist Program: “Women in STEM, IT, and High Technology,” U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 19-24, 2013.

Written Media

1. Science@NASA, “Brainy ‘Bots,” May 2001.
2. Space Daily, “Send in the Robots,” May 2001.
3. NASA Tech Briefs, “Who’s Who at NASA,” August 2001.
4. Mars Exploration Program, Mars Today, “JPL’s Bionic Woman, Dr. Ayanna Howard,”  Aug. 2002.
5. Imagiverse Online Interview, “An Interview with Ayanna Howard,”  August 2002.
6. NASA TV Live Interview, “JPL’s Mechanical Women: Dr. Ayanna Howard,” March 2003.
7. NASA First Person, “JPL robotics engineer Dr. Ayanna Howard,” August 2003.
8. MIT Technology Review Magazine, “Top 100 Young Bold Innovators of 2003,” Oct. 2003.
9. Apogee Book Space Series, “Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier,” Oct. 2003.
10. Brown University Daily Herald, “Brown graduate bridges human-machine divide,” Nov. 2003.
11. Science Next Wave Magazine, “Fuzzy Logic: Adventures in Artificial Intelligence,” Nov. 2003.
12. Diversity Careers Magazine, “Dr. Ayanna Howard, JPL Robotics Expert”, January 2004.
13. NSBE Magazine, “JPL Engineer in a Class of Her Own,” January/February 2004.
14. NASA Connect Video Series, “PSA: The Astronaut’s Helper,”  January 2004.
15. PBS Dragonfly TV, “Episodes of Scientific Adventures: Space”, May 2004.
16. NASA Space Science and Technology Series, “Robots with Brains,”  June 2004.
17. TIME Magazine, “Innovators/Artificial Intelligence: Forging the Future,”  June 14, 2004.
18. IEEE Spectrum, “Dream Jobs 2005,” February 2005.
19. CRISIS Magazine, “The Visionaries,” May/June 2006.
20. CEISMC Gazette, “Georgia Tech’s Bionic Woman,”  November 2006.
21. PBS (KCTS Television), “The Innovators: Designing the Future,” September 2007.
22. Associated Press, “New breed of robots could soon wander Antarctica” (recast at CNN, Washington Post, NPR, Fox News, Discovery Channel, Wired,, and most popular read item at Yahoo!News in late May), May 2008.
23. USA Today, “SnoMotes go to Ends of the Earth,” November 2008.
24. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, “Emerging Scholars,” January 2009.
25. GT Alumni Magazine, ”Faculty Profile: Office Space,” July 2009.
26. Upscale Magazine, “Design Essentials,” Sept/Oct 2009.
27. CNN, “Robots to the Rescue: Search-and-rescue bots,” March 2011.
28. Fox News 8 Cleveland, “Visually Impaired Children Learn to Program Robots,” February 2012.
29. ASEE Prism Magazine, “Robots Unlimited: An Engineer Reaches for Mars, the Arctic, and Pediatrics,” April 2012.
30. “Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets” (recast at CNET, Science360, Disability Scoop, Mobile & Apps, Engadget, The Engineer, ASEE First Bell, MedGadget), Press Release, Dec 2012.
31. MobileDIA, “This Scientist Shows Us How to Unlock Our Superpowers,” November 2013.
32. Euroweb: Electronic Urban Report, “Aio Wireless: Tech Savvy & Proud: Dr. Ayanna Howard,” Feb. 2014.
33., “Interview: Dr. Ayanna Howard Talks ‘RoboCop,’ Coding And The Future Of Technology,”  Feb. 2014.
34. Sloan Science and Film, “Real Science: Robocop,”  Feb. 2014.
35. VentureWell, “Profile: I-Corps Team Zyrobotics,” Sept. 2014.
36. Startup Directory, “Zyrobotics: A Tech Startup Enabling Freedom through Technology,” September 2014.
37. Science Careers, “Building the Bionic Women,” October 2014.
38. Georgia Tech Research Horizons, “VentureLab helps Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students launch companies,”  November 2014.
39. Business Insider, “23 of the most powerful women engineers in the world,”  May 2015.
40. Hansel Minutes, “March Is For Makers: Learning Robots with Dr. Ayanna Howard of Zyrobotics,”  March 2015.
41. Hypepotamus, “Robotics Entrepreneur Helps Children With Disabilities,” companies/zyrobotics, May 2015.
42. Google Economic Report, “The Web is Working for Georgia Businesses,”  May 2015.
43. NPR – Atlanta, “Ga. Tech Engineer Creates Robotic Therapist Of The Future,” June 2015.
44. The Internet of Unintended Consequences, “Radio Show: Robots with Dr. Ayanna Howard,” September 2015.
45. The Root 100,  September 2015
46. GeorgiaTrend, “Trendsetters: Smart Fun” January 2016.
47. Beyond Classically Beautiful, “Meet 5 Fearless Black Women Who Are Entrepreneurial Powerhouses,” January 2016.
48. Black Enterprise, “Meet Dr. Ayanna Howard: Roboticist, AI Scientist, and Old School #Blerd,” January 2016.
49. NOVA, “Rise of the Robots,” February 2016.
50. CBS News, “In emergencies, people place too much trust in robots,” March 2016.
51. Glamour Magazine, “Like a Boss: Meet the Winners of Glamour’s Annual Starters Project,” March 2016.
52. Creative Loafing, “Ayanna Howard Wants to Save the World,”  March 2016.
53. Black Enterprise, “10 Black Women Changing the World via Science and Technology,” April 2016
54. Black, “Interview With Roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard,” April 2016
55., “Beauty is…strength and confidence,” April 2016.
56. Science, “Do I have to leave to launch?” May 2016.
57. Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), “Georgia Tech professor helps children with special needs experience technology,”  May 2016.
58. Elle Magazine, “10 Badass Female Scientists Changing the World,” October 2016.
59. Mental Floss, “9 Women Changing the Future of Robotics,” October 2016.
60. BizTech Magazine, “How Will AI Impact Business and Society?”  October 2016.
61. Fox 5 News, “Robot helps kids with cerebral palsy build muscle control,”  November 2016.
62. Healthcare Dive, “Is there a robot in the house?” December 2016.
63. Black Enterprise, “Black Female Robotics Scientist Launches STEM Startup,” January 2017.
64. CGTN America, “Ayanna Howard: A robot for everyone,”  January 2017.
65. MIT Technology Review, “A Robot Physical Therapist Helps Kids with Cerebral Palsy,”  Feb. 2017.
66. TechRepublic, “Your life in AI’s hands: The battle to understand deep learning,” March 2017.
67. Atlanta Magazine, “Women Making a Mark,” May 2017.
68. AAAS, “Ayanna Howard, Rubber Band Robots, and the Humanoid Ambassador of Knowledge,”  June 2017.
69. SciChic, “August’s “Machines” STEM Star: Ayanna Howard,”  August 2017.
70. ASME, “The Robot Therapist Is Open for Business,” August 2017.
71. Diversity in Action, “Enhancing the qualify of life for children with disabilities,”  Aug. 2017.
72. IEEE Transmitter, “Exploring Healthcare Robotics with Expert Ayanna Howard,”  September 2017.
73. Robohub, “Robot Pediatric Coach, with Ayanna Howard,” October 2017.
74. Healthcare IT News, “This Georgia Tech professor is building robots to improve the health of children with disabilities,” October 2017.
75. Huffington Post, “The Bionic Woman of Educational Technology,” November 2017.
76. edCircuit, “Sprinting Toward a Bionic Future,” November 2017.
77., “Strategies for Bringing Robotics and STEM Education into Every Classroom,”  December 2017
78. NPR, “Being Different Helped A NASA Roboticist Achieve Her Dream,”  December 2017
79. AI Matters: A Newsletter of ACM SIGAI, “Interview with Ayanna Howard,” December 2017.
80. PCMag, “Trust me, I’m a Robot,” January 2018.
81. Forbes, “Robotics Legend Ayanna Howard On The Future Of Human-Robot Interactions,” , March 2018.
82. Now. Powered by Northrop Grumman, “5 Famous Women in STEM Paving the Way,” March 2018.
83. Vanity Fair, “The Trailblazing Roboticist Tackling Diversity and Bias in Artificial Intelligence,” April 2018.
84. AI4All, “Role Models in AI: Ayanna Howard,” , May 2018.
85. MathWorks, “The Robot Made Me Do It: How Robots are Changing the Lives of Children with Disabilities,”  July 2018.
86. Wired, “The Key to Better Robotics? AIOT,” November 2018.
87. Brown Alumni Magazine, “The Ideal Robot Beyond Functional to “part of the family”,”  Jan/Feb. 2019.
88. Brown Daily Herald, “Alums named to ‘Top 50 Women in Tech” March 2019.
89. IEEE Spectrum, “Humanoid Robots Teach Coping Skills to Children With Autism,”  July 2019.
90. SiliconAngle, “Empathic AI mirrors human emotions to help autistic children,” , May 2019.
91. The Forecast, “Preparing the World for Robot Revolution,”  Sept. 2019.
92. Smart Business Dealmakers, “Robots, Automation And AI, Oh My!,” Nov. 2019