Meet the team behind Innovating Learning and Education in the Era of AI.

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We bring together diverse expertise from faculty, staff and students across all five schools of MIT.

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Cynthia Breazeal
Cynthia Breazeal
Professor, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group Associate Director, MIT Quest for Intelligence


Breazeal leads this project to democratize AI and foster diversity and inclusivity in an AI literate society.

Sanjay Sharma
Sanjay Sarma
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Vice President, MIT Open Learning Initiative


Sarma is the VP for Open Learning at MIT, which includes the Office of Digital Learning, the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative

Hal Abelson
Hal Abelson
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT CSAIL Founder, App Inventor


Abelson is a pioneer of constructionist learning and computational thinking.


Eric Klopfer
Eric Klopfer
Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Director, Eduction Arcade Co-Director, J-WEL World Education Lab


Klopfer is an expert in serious game design to promote student engagement and learning in STEM.

Yoon Jeon Kim
Yoon Jeon Kim
Executive Director, Playful Journey Lab


Kim is an expert in educational assessments and evaluation. Her research is centered on the topic of innovative assessments and how technology influences what we can measure about student

Mitch Resnick
Mitchel Resnick
Professor, Media Lab, Lifelong Kindergarten Group Founder, The Scratch Foundation


Resnick is a world leader in constructionist approaches to creative learning. His team develops the Scratch


David Birnbach
David Birnbach
Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management


Birnbach's research focus is at the intersection of technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and vocational education. He is a faculty mentor in several Action Learning programs including

Katherine Gallagher
Katherine Gallagher
AI Software Engineer, MIT Quest for Intelligence


As an AI Software Engineer for the Bridge, Gallagher designs and constructs customized tools for machine learning to make it

John Gabrieli
John Gabrieli
Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Director, Martinos Imaging Center, McGovern Institute Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative


John Gabrieli is a behavioral neuroscientist.


Hae Won Park
Hae Won Park
Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Hae Won Park is an expert in Social Robotics and is a Principal Investigator of the Social Robot Companions Program. Her

George Westerman
George Westerman
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management Faculty Director, Workforce Learning, MIT Jameel World Education Lab


Westerman works at the nexus of executive leadership and

Robert Shin
Robert Shin
MIT Lincoln Lab, ISR Systems and Technology, Tactical Systems Director, Beaver Works at MIT


Shin is the Head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division at MIT Lincoln


Irene Lee
Irene Lee
Research Scientist, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and Education Arcade


Irene Lee is a research scientist in MIT's Scheller Teacher Education Program and Education Arcade.

Glenda Stump
Glenda Stump
Education Research Scientist, Open Learning


Glenda Stump is a Research Scientist for MIT's Open Learning program. Her work examines student beliefs, learning

Stephanie Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Research Scientist


Stephanie is a HCI designer focused on understanding data privacy perceptions and improving user rights through design and policy for youth and vulnerable populations.


Milo Phillips-Brown
Milo Phillips-Brown
Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Philosophy


Milo Phillips-Brown is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Ethics of Technology at MIT Philosophy,

Samuel Spaulding
Samuel Spaulding
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Sam Spaulding is a PhD graduate research assistant with the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research

Randi Williams
Randi Williams
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Randi Williams is a PhD graduate research assistant developing new technologies and curriculum for K-12 AI Literacy. She has developed


Natalie Lao
Natalie Lao
Postdoctoral Researcher, CSAIL, MIT App Inventor


Natalie Lao is a PhD graduate research assistant in EECS working on the App Inventor team.

Huili Chen
Huili Chen
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Huili Chen is a PhD graduate research assistant in the Personal Robots group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research interests

Safinah Ali
Safinah Ali
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Safinah is a PhD research assistant in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.


Daniella DiPaola
Daniella DiPaola
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Daniella DiPaola is a MS graduate research assistant with expertise in human factors, user-centered design,

Jessica Van Brummelen
Jessica van Brummelen
Graduate Student, CSAIL, MIT App Inventor


Jessica van Brummelen is a PhD graduate research assistant in EECS working on the App Inventor

Ishaan Grover
Ishaan Grover
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Ishaan is a PhD graduate research assistant with the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research


Brian Jordan
Brian Jordan
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Prior to the lab, Brian Jordan worked in CS education and video game development,

Nisha Devasia
Nisha Devasia
Undergraduate Researcher, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Nisha Devasia is an undergraduate research assistant with experience in game design and game adjacent backend engineering.

Blakeley Payne
Blakeley H. Payne
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Blakeley H. Payne is a MS graduate research assistant who studies the ethics of artificial intelligence.


Jenna Hong
Jenna Hong
MEng, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Jenna Hong is a Master’s of Engineering student in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Stephen Kaputsos
Stephen Kaputsos
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Stephen P. Kaputsos is a graduate research assistant exploring augmentation of human-robot collaboration.

Xiajie Zhang
Xiajie Zhang
Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Xiajie Zhang has worked on various projects in child-robot interaction with a focus on literacy education and has experiences in affective analysis,


Jeff Freilich
Jeff Freilich
Program Manager, AI Literacy Project, MIT


Jeff has been at MIT for over 11 years working to develop and nurture research ties between industry and academia and developing technical online courses.

Peter Kirschmann
Peter Kirschmann
Senior Learning Designer, Playful Journey Lab


Peter Kirschmann works on curriculum design for the High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching & Learning and playful assessment for maker-centered classrooms.

Selim Tezel
Selim Tezel
Curriculum Designer, MIT App Inventor


Selim is a former K-12 mathematics teacher who has taught overseas and in the US for 22 years, exploring intersections of technology and playful constructionist pedagogies in the classroom.


Karen Lang
Karen Lang
Education and BD Manager, MIT App Inventor


Karen spent several years as a software engineer, and then decided education was her true calling.

Louisa Rosenheck
Louisa Rosenheck
Ed Tech Designer & Researcher, MIT Education Arcade


Louisa is a designer and researcher of educational technologies.

Grace Lin
Grace Lin
Assessment Scientist, Playful Journey Lab


As an assessment scientist, Grace Lin is particularly interested in measurement and playful assessments for and of learning.


Nada Hussein
Nada Hussein
MEng, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Nada Hussein is an M.Eng student with the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on real-time music analysis and accompaniment.

Chessa Hoekstra
Chessa Hoekstra
MEng, MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group


Chessa Hoekstra is an MEng student in the Personal Robots Group developing new tools and curricula for AI Literacy.


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