Remembering Professor Seth Teller (1964-2014)

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Seth Teller, a professor of computer science and engineering at MIT who was well known for his efforts to advance human-robot interactions, died on July 1. He was 50, and had been a faculty member since 1994.

President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community.

“I knew Seth as a person of great human warmth and intellectual intensity,” Reif wrote in his letter. “He was a brilliant engineer and a gifted advisor with a passion for new challenges. His loss is difficult to grasp.”

Teller was a member of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He led CSAIL’s Robotics, Vision, and Sensor Networks group, whose work aims to enable machines to become aware of their surroundings and interact naturally with people in health-care, military, civilian, and disaster-relief settings.

Read more at MIT News.

MIT has created a memorial fund to honor Professor Teller. The Seth Teller Memorial Fund to Advance Technology For People With Disabilities will support research, education and other innovations that advance and improve assistive technology for people with a range of disabilities.

Gifts can be made:
    •    online:
    •    by check, payable to MIT and mailed to:

Bonny Kellermann ‘72
Director of Memorial Gifts
600 Memorial Drive, W98­500
Cambridge, MA 02139