Dr. Hanson brings a strong history of innovation and leadership in arts, academia, science, engineering, and entrepreneurship in AI and robotics. In the past decade, he has built a worldwide reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike, empathetic robots, which received massive media and public acclaim. Dr. Hanson has earned numerous awards including from NASA and Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year.
His quest is to realize Genius Machines—machines with greater than human intelligence, creativity, wisdom, and compassion. At Walt Disney Imagineering, Dr. Hanson worked as both a sculptor and a technical consultant. 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.