Danielle Dean, PhD is the Technical Director of Machine Learning at iRobot where she is helping lead the intelligence revolution for robots. She leads a team that leverages machine learning, reinforcement learning, and software engineering to build algorithms that result in delightful user experiences. Before iRobot, Danielle was a Principal Data Scientist Lead at Microsoft within the Cloud AI Platform division. There, she led an international team of data scientists and engineers to build predictive analytics and machine learning solutions with external companies utilizing Microsoft’s Cloud AI Platform. Danielle completed her Ph.D. in quantitative psychology with a concentration in biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.