Meet the Innovators Under 35

Nora Ayanian, University of Southern California

To build better machines, a roboticist goes far outside her field for guidance.

Nora Ayanian, Gabilan Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Nora Ayanian is a Gabilan Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. She studies and develops end-to-end solutions for teams of robots, combining automation and artificial intelligence to create autonomous collaboration and control. These solutions take very high-level specifications, such as simple multi-touch input from a tablet, and provide automated code delivery to all robots in the team. Her solutions are broadly applicable across all aspects of multi-robot systems and mobile sensor networks, including manufacturing, warehousing, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, and emergency response. She has won several awards, including membership in the 2013 IEEE Intelligent Systems “AI’s 10 to Watch” and a 2016 National Science Foundation Career Award. Ayanian holds an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


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.