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Pattie Maes

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Pattie Maes
Maes (left) with Hiroshi Ishii, July 2012
Born1961 (age 62–63)
Brussels, Belgium
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materVrije Universiteit Brussel
Known forwork on software agents, collaborative filtering, human–computer interfaces
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsVrije Universiteit Brussel, MIT
Thesis Computational Reflection  (1987)
Doctoral advisorLuc Steels[1]
Doctoral studentsMarcelo Coelho
Pranav Mistry
Michael Best

Pattie Maes (born 1961) is an American scientist. She is a professor in MIT's program in Media Arts and Sciences. She founded and directed the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group.[2][3] Previously, she founded and ran the Software Agents group. She served for several years as both the head and associate head of the Media Lab's academic program. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Maes was a visiting professor and a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds bachelor's and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.[4]

Maes' areas of expertise are human–computer interaction, intelligent interfaces and ubiquitous computing.[5] Maes is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences.[6][7]

She has received several awards: Newsweek magazine named her one of the "100 people for the new century";[8][9] TIME Digital selected her as a member of the Cyber-Elite (the top 50 technological pioneers of the high-tech world); the World Economic Forum honored her with the title Global Leader for Tomorrow; Ars Electronica awarded her the 1995 World Wide Web category prize; and in 2000 she was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council. In 1997, Maes was listed in People Magazine's annual 50 Most Beautiful People feature.[10]

Maes is married to computer graphics researcher Karl Sims.[10]


  • Designing Autonomous Agents: Theory and Practice from Biology to Engineering and Back. MIT Press, 1991, ISBN 0-262-63135-0
  • Artificial Life IV: Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Rodney Brooks & Pattie Maes, MIT Press, 1994, ISBN 0-262-52190-3


  1. ^ "Luc Steels: Students – Graduated PhD students". VUB ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Fink, Charlie. "The Inevitability Of Augmented Reality HMDs". Forbes. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Johnson, Carolyn Y.; Svrluga, Susan (September 17, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein, the academy and questions about male dominance in science". Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Leadership transition announced for MIT Media Lab". MIT News. September 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pattie Maes develops a plant-robot hybrid and other news from the TED community". TED Blog. December 21, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "TED Reveals Top 20 Most-Watched Talks, Sir Ken Robinson Tops The List". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Innovation Outreach: Boston to Unpack Global Impact of Disruptive Tech". The Sociable. October 9, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Century Club". Newsweek. April 20, 1997. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Holloway, Marguerite (December 1, 1997). "Pattie". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Pattie Maes – Most Beautiful". People.com. May 12, 1997. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011.

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