Yoky Matsuoka, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Dr. Yoky Matsuoka received her B.S. (1993) from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2006, she was an assistant professor affiliated with the Robotics Institute, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently an associate professor of of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Neurobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. Her work combines neuroscience and robotics by researching how the central nervous system coordinates musculoskeletal action, in order to create robotic technology can enhance the mobility of people with manipulation disabilities. Yoky also focuses her time on recruiting and retaining young women to computer science and engineering by working with junior high and high school students and teachers. Her other awards include being named one of the "Brilliant 10" from Popular Science magazine in 2007, an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award in 2005 and a PECASE in 2004.