Cognimates Team

Cognimates is a project created by Stefania Druga as part of her Master Thesis. The project was supported by the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab, directed by Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. If you are interested in joing our Cognimates Team or have questions about how to get involved get in touch with us here.

The Cognimates Team team members

Left to right: Tammy, Stefania, Eesh, Sarah

Team members:

  • Stefania Druga Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab

    Stefania is a graduate student in the Personal Robots research group. Her research focuses on how children interact with and make sense of the growing collection of “smart” inter-connected playthings in the world around them together with their parents and grand-parents. She is exploring how families, as they play with these new devices, develop new ways of thinking about intelligence, emotion, and social interaction. Based on these studies, Stefania hopes to design new tools and activities to introduce families to machine learning and artificial intelligence in a playful way. She is especially interested in how embodied intelligent agents could play an active role in supporting children and their families to learn more about artificial intelligence through playful activities. Previously she co-founded Hackidemia organization (mobile lab for maker Education present in 40 countries), Afrimakers (community of Maker projects in 10 Africa countries) and MakerCamp (global camps for learning how to build and run makerspaces).

  • Sarah T. Vu MIT

    Sarah is an undergraduate student at MIT. She is interested in Computer Science and Education, and more specifically, how the intersection of the two fields can help democratize knowledge. When she isn't at the lab or sitting around campus with her laptop, she is coaching swimming and mentoring local Boston area high schoolers in a student-led orginization called Amphibious Achievement.

  • Eesh Likhith MIT

    Eesh Chilukalapalli is an undergraduate at SRM University, India. He has been to MIT for a semester under the Special Student program. He has done a UROP at LLK, MIT Media Labs where he started working on the Cognimate project under Stefania Druga. Eesh is very passionate about technology since it continues to make a huge impact on people’s lives. He is a programmer at heart and likes to see his ideas materialize through his hobby projects. In his free time, he loves to ride his motorcycle, play the piano and experiment with photography. Eesh is currently continuing to work on the Cognimate project.

  • Lauren Oh MIT

    Lauren is from San Diego, California, currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics at MIT. She likes to travel and her favorite hobby is painting. Education is something she is passionate about, and she loves seeing how education and technology can weave together to create new things for the world. On campus, Lauren is also part of the HackMIT organizing team.

  • Clemente Ocejo MIT

    Clemente is an undergraduate student at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in machine learning applications and how to make it a less intimidating and accessible subject to less experienced programmers.

Former team members:

  • Tammy Qiu BU

    Tammy is currently an undergraduate student at Boston University studying Computer Science and Graphic Design. She is interested in the possibilities of generative and computational design as well as ways in which we can make artistic creation more accessible and public-friendly.

This project has been supported by the Lego Foundation through the Lego Papert Fellowship awarded to Stefania Druga and by the NTT Data contribution to the Personal Robots AI Education SIG.