We invite Yale, MIT, and Princeton alums to join us for the Los Angeles High Table series aimed at showcasing dynamic speakers in an intimate setting. We especially welcome established alums in fields relevant to the talk and younger alums in all fields. This event features Dr. Maja Matarić (MIT PhD 1994), who will speak about her work building robots that people can relate to.

Date: Sunday, November 10th
Time: 1pm – 3:30pm
Location: We are lucky to have this event at the Hancock Park home of Sonia Molina (a Yale alum). The address will be provided the day prior to the event.
Price: $5. We also request you contribute a dish or drink to our potluck. Suggestions below.
Event format: 30 min mingling, 60 min High Table Program featuring Dr. Matarić, 60 min networking and discussion post-talk with refreshments.

About the speaker: 

Dr. Maja Matarić studies how to endow robots with the ability to help people. She studies human-machine interaction to gain insights into human behavior and to design new socially assistive robots.

Dr. Matarić was born in Belgrade and came to the United States when she was 16. On the advice of her uncle, she majored in the burgeoning field of computer science at the University of Kansas. She then received her PhD in computer science in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Matarić spent two years as an assistant professor of computer science at Brandeis University before moving to the University of Southern California where she is currently the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics as well as the Vice Dean for Research.

Dr. Matarić’s is the founder and director of the Interaction Lab at USC, where her research focuses on designing robots that help people, especially those with special needs (e.g. autism or Alzheimer’s). Her works draws on people and insights from various fields including neuroscience, social science, and education. She maintains a keen interest in K-12 outreach, in particular developing free materials for middle and high school robotics courses. Dr. Matarić is also the founder of Embodied, Inc., a company that produces social care and wellness robots.

Dr. Matarić has won numerous awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2009 and the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in Innovation in 2013. She has also been featured in a large number of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Read her most recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal here.

Potluck suggestions by first letter of your last name:

  • A-H - Main Dishes
  • I-P - Desserts / Drinks
  • Q-Z - Salads / Appetizers

Parking: Street parking is easily available.

Registration: Click here to sign up. Space is limited, so register early and be sure to attend!

For questions concerning registration for the upcoming High Table event, contact Jon at la.hightable.reg at gmail.com.

For all other inquiries (speaking at or hosting a future High Table event, helping to organize future events, etc.) write to Seth at la.hightable at gmail.com.