Karl F. MacDorman, Ph.D.

Karl MacDorman
  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor, Human-Computer Interaction
  • Adjunct Professor, Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Cambridge, UK (1996)
  • B.A. Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley (1988)


Before joining IU, Karl F. MacDorman was an associate professor at Osaka University, Japan (2003-2005). Previously, he was assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Human Science at the same institution (1997-2000) and supervisor (1991-1997) and research fellow (1997-1998) at Cambridge University. He has also worked as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and as chief technology officer at two venture companies. He has published more than 100 papers in HCI, robotics, machine learning, and cognitive science.

Research Interests

  • Android science
  • Machine learning
  • Social robotics
  • Sensorimotor representation
  • Symbol grounding and symbol emergence
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Computer security

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