Chaun-Che “Jeff” Huang, a School of Information PhD student, was part of the team that developed the artificial intelligence for Jibo, the first social robot for the home. It made the cover of Time Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2017” November issue. Huang, who is studying human-computer interaction, describes Jibo as “highly personalized,” and programmed to be engaging. “When you come home…Jibo can see you and greet you.” Research has shown that a more engaging robot like Jibo, able to interact throughout the day, could support many important applications—such as those in the healthcare domain—more effectively than computers or smartphones. Still in its infancy, Jibo one day could assist people with special needs, the elderly, or even tell stories to children, Huang says. Read the full story on the SI news site.