Associate Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

CCB room 256
801 Atlantic Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30332 USA
athomaz at

Andrea L. Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. Andrea is published in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Human-Robot Interaction. She directs the Socially Intelligent Machines lab, which is affiliated with the Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM) Center and with the Graphics Visualization and Usability (GVU) Center.


Her research aims to computationally model mechanisms of human social learning in order to build social robots and other machines that are intuitive for everyday people to teach.

Please see the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab webpage.

Selected Publications

Find a more complete listing (with pdfs) here.


CS 7763: Human-Robot Interaction
(being offered Fall 2012, next offering will be 2014)

CS 3600: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
(full for Fall 2012, contact Prof. Thomaz about registration)

Honors and Awards

Popular Science Magazine, Brilliant 10 List, 2012.

Georgia Tech, College of Computing, Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award, 2011.

NSF CAREER award, 2010.

MIT Technology Review’s TR 35, 2009

ONR Young Investigator Award, 2008.