Maya Cakmak Headshot in front of floral wallpaperMaya Çakmak

Maya Çakmak is the Robert E. Dinning Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, where she directs the Human-Centered Robotics lab. Her research interests are in human-robot interaction, end-user programming, and assistive robotics. Her work aims to develop robots that can be programmed and controlled by a diverse group of users with unique needs and preferences to do useful tasks. She received an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, Early Career Spotlight Awards at RSS and IJCAI, and the Anita Borg Early Career Award. She is the PI of the AccessComputing project, which aims to broaden participation of people with disabilities in computing education and careers. She is a faculty coordinator for undergraduate research efforts in the Allen School and she has introduced a new seminar series to ramp students into research opportunities.