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    Leila Takayama
    formerly Willow Garage
    Senior Researcher

    Leila Takayama was recently a research scientist and area manager for Human-Robot Interaction at Willow Garage, a robotics R&D company that served as a catalyst for personal and open source robotics. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council Member for the area of robotics and smart devices. In 2012, she was named one of Technology Review’s top 35 innovators under 35 and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. With a background in cognitive science, psychology, and human-computer Interaction, she examines human encounters with new technologies. Dr. Takayama completed her PhD in Communication at Stanford University (2008).