Trending: Goodbye, iPhone: How Microsoft convinced me to switch to Android and the Samsung Galaxy Note10
Yoky Matsuoka.

Yoky Matsuoka is back at Google.

The robotics and AI guru was just re-hired at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, to be the new CTO at its Nest Labs smart home division, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Matsuoka previously taught robotics at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon, a job she left to join Google for the first time in in 2009. After helping start Google X, the search giant’s R&D arm, she joined Nest, where Matsuoka helped build the learning software behind the company’s smart thermostat.

She rejoined Google for a short time in 2014 when the company bought Nest, but left to launch a startup called Quanttus the next year. She joined Apple this past May, but left near the end of 2016 after spending less than a year there overseeing health initiatives like HealthKit and ResearchKit.

Besides her work on robotic hands, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant for her part in helping stroke victims use limbs.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline

Comments

Job Listings on GeekWork

Senior Product DesignerALLEN INSTITUTE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI2)
Computer Science InstructorRenton Technical College
IT DirectorRad Power Bikes
Cloud UX/UI React.js DeveloperMaxset Worldwide Inc.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence // Co-FounderALLEN INSTITUTE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI2)
Find more jobs on GeekWork. Employers, post a job here.