Hello, I'm Randi Williams

Ph.D. Student | Personal Robots Group MIT Media Lab | Cambridge, MA

Featured Projects

  • All
  • AI Literacy
  • Child-Computer Interaction
  • AI Education
  • Other

How to Train Your Robot

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PopBots: Pre-K AI Education

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Gizmo & Scratch AI Extensions

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Democratizing AI Through K-12 AI Ed

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Women + Tech Week in México

Event Website | Workshop Slides + Projects

STEM Education in Ghana

Summer Report

Modeling Student Behavior

Course Final Report

Children's Interactions with AI Agents

Project Blog Post

Child-Robot Relationships

AI Education

How to Make Almost Anything

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W.A.T.C.H.

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Natural Language Commands for Quadcopters

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My Resume

Education

September 2018 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy in Media Arts and Sciences

Graduate student in the Personal Robots Group focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, and Education.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 2016 - June 2018

Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences

Graduate student in the Personal Robots Group focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction.

Thesis: Leveraging Social Robots to Aid Preschool Children’s Artificial Intelligence Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 2012 - June 2016

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Meyerhoff Scholar and Honors College student who graduated Summa Cum Laude in Computer Engineering, Electronics Systems and Communications track.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Selected Publications

Febraury 2021

Teacher Perspectives on How to Train Your Robot

We developed the How to Train Your Robot curriculum to take on two pressing issues in making high-quality AI education available to all students: the inability to scale and to evaluate interventions in real classrooms.

Randi Williams, Stephen Kaputsos, Cynthia Breazeal
August 2019

Constructionism, Ethics, and Creativity

In order to create a future where a diverse and inclusive citizenry can participate in the development of the future of AI, we are developing powerful K-12 AI education curricula that emphasize constructionist learning, designing with ethics in mind, and developing a creative mindset.

Safinah Ali*, Blakeley H Payne*, Randi Williams*, Hae Won Park, Cynthia Breazeal
July 2019

PopBots: Designing an AI curriculum for early childhood education

PopBots is a hands-on toolkit and curriculum designed to help young children learn about artificial intelligence (AI) by building, programming, training, and interacting with a social robot.

Randi Williams, Hae Won Park, Lauren Oh, Cynthia Breazeal
June 2017

"Hey Google, is it OK if I eat you?"

We identify four themes in child-agent interaction: perceived intelligence, identity attribution, playfulness and understanding.

Stefania Druga*, Randi Williams*, Cynthia Breazeal, Mitchel Resnick
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About Me

In a nutshell, I make things – playful, purposeful, and beautiful things.

I am a proud daughter of Prince George’s County, Maryland, a strong community that inspired my love of engineering, education, and social change. Currently, I am a graduate research assistant the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. I am passionate about using technology and education to empower future generations.

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