Meet the Innovators Under 35

Maithilee Kunda, Vanderbilt University

People on the autism spectrum are inspiring her novel approach to creating artificial intelligence.

Maithilee Kunda, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Maithilee Kunda is an assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she worked as a research scientist in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Her work in artificial intelligence, in the area of cognitive systems, looks at how visual thinking contributes to learning and intelligent behavior with a focus on applications for individuals on the autism spectrum. She holds a B.S. in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech, and she currently directs the laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.