Ayanna Howard is a professor and the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, her M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1999 from the University of Southern California.
Howard's area of research is centered around the concept of humanized intelligence, the process of embedding human cognitive capability into the control path of autonomous systems. This work, which addresses issues of autonomous control as well as aspects of interaction with humans and the surrounding environment, has resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed publications about a number of projects—from scientific rover navigation in glacier environments to assistive robots for the home.