Professor &
John P. Raynor,S.J., Distinguished Chair, 2012-2016
Electrical and Computer Engineeering
Marquette University

Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab

Engineering Hall 407
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53211 USA
andrew.williams at

HEIR Lab Research Website
Personal Website and Blog

TEDx Talk, Belonging in Technology: What I learned from Steve Jobs

Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., is a Professor and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Marquette University. Dr. Williams directs the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab. He joined Marquette University in 2012 after serving as Department Chair in Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and as a Research Affiliate at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Human-Automation Systems Lab. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in AI from the University of Kansas in 1999, M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 1995, and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Kansas in 1988. Dr. Williams is the former Senior Engineering Diversity Manager at Apple Inc. under Steve Jobs. He authored the book, Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives. Dr. Williams will begin a new role as Associate Dean, School of Engineering at the University of Kansas, and the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at KU beginning the 2017-2018 academic year.


Dr. Williams' research interests are in humanoid robotics and AI, intelligent humanoid coaches, and cooperative autonomous systems. His research aims to develop the theory and engineering principles for humanoid robots to cooperate intuitively and creatively with humans and other robots using principles from developmental artificial intelligence. Dr. Williams is also a recognized leader in broadening participating for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and STEM education. Dr. Williams founded the SpelBots and the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact Alliance. His research and education funding has included support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA, Apple, Boeing, General Motors, General Electric and Google.

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