Isabel Rayas

About Me

I am a first year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. I received my B.S. from MIT in Aerospace Engineering (concentration in Humans, Systems, and Automation) and a minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

At USC, I work with Prof. Maja Matarić in the Interaction Lab. The Interaction Lab works in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and specifically towards socially assistive robotics (SAR), a subset of HRI that aims to help people through social interactions with robots.

Currently, I am assisting the NSF Expeditions in Computing Grant for Socially Assistive Robotics for Children, for which I support in-home deployments of an educational social robot for children with autism spectrum disorder. My interests and future research focus on the integration of physiological signals to estimate human emotional state in order to enable a robot to adaptively interact with a human depending on how they feel.

I am currently supported by the USC Annenberg Fellowship.