Stefania Druga is the creator of Cognimates platform for AI education and recent graduate from Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab. Currently, she is AI Creative Learning Researcher at NYU ITP and RISD, teaching graduate students how to hack smart toys for AI education. She is also leading Hackidemia organization (mobile lab for maker Education present in 40 countries), Afrimakers (community of Maker projects in 10 African countries) and MakerCamp (global camps for learning how to build and run maker spaces). During her research in the past two years, she has observed in longitudinal studies how 450 children from 7 countries are growing up with AI and how they can acquire AI literacy concepts through creative learning activities with the open source AI coding platform she has created.
AI Creative Fellow, Google & NYU ITP, 2018-2019.
Selected as on the Google residents to work on the future of AI learning at NYU ITP.
LEGO Papert Fellow, MIT MediaLab, 2017- 2018.
Selected as one of the inaugural four Lego Paper Fellows that are supported to explore and push the boundaries of future learning
Finalist Ideas for Europe, EU, 2016-2017.
Represented Romania at the European innovation competition for small and medium enterprises. Selected as finalists to do a TED talk at the European Commission Event in Hague.
Women to Watch in Science, Women at the Frontier 2016.
Selected as one of the women to watch in 2016 for the international work on STEM education I have been doing with HacKIDemia and Afrimakers.
RG 20: Criticality of AI-based Systems