Dr. David Hanson has built a worldwide reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike, empathetic robots, endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity. He has produced many renowned, one-of-a-kind robot characters including Sophia and Prof. Einstein.

Dr. Hanson publishes regularly in material science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals, including SPIE, IEEE, the International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI and AI magazine.

He has been featured in numerous popular media outlets including the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, the BBC, and CNN. He has been labeled a “genius” by both PC Magazine and WIRED and has earned awards from NASA, NSF, AAAI, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, and Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

At Walt Disney Imagineering, Dr. Hanson worked as both a sculptor and a technical consultant. He has spoken at venues including IEEE, SPIE, AAAI, DARPA, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Google, Sandia Labs, UCSD and AAAS annual meeting. Dr. Hanson received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in film/animation/video, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas
at Dallas in interactive arts and engineering. Dr. Hanson sits as the Founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics and as the Robotics Lead at SingularityNET.