Interview with Yoky Matsuoka

Yoky Matsuoka
Yoky Matsuoka is Torode Family Endowed Career Development Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. At the Neurobotics Laboratory, robotic models and virtual environments are used to understand the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of human limbs. In parallel, robotic and virtual environments are developed to augment, replace and enhance human sensorimotor capabilities. Dr. Matsuoka's work has been recognized with a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and acclaimed as one of “The Brilliant Ten” in Popular Science Magazine and the "Power 25” in Seattle Magazine. In addition, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an Anna Loomis McCandless Chair from Carnegie Mellon University, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She received her Ph.D. at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience in 1998. She received an M.S. from MIT in 1995 and a B.S. from UC Berkeley in 1993, both in EECS. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT and in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University. Matsuoka regularly welcomes young people to her Neurobotics Lab to learn about robotics, and hopes that they will be inspired to openly embrace the fields of math and science as she did.
Interview Subject 
Yoky Matsuoka
Release Date 
November 2, 2009
Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson, Lee Kennedy