Shaundra B. Daily ("Shani B.") is an Associate Professor of Practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science at Duke University as well as CoFounder and Creative Director of DEEP Designs, LLC. She is also a noted speaker and author traveling extensively to speak about her research as well as her life experiences.
Prior to joining Duke, she was an associate professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering as well as an Associate Professor and Interim Co-Chair in the School of Computing at Clemson University directing MorphLab. She received her masters and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab where her doctoral work with the Affective Computing Group involved designing and implementing technology-infused learning environments that provide youth an opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and to gain insight into interpersonal dynamics.
Upon arrival at the MIT Media Lab in 2003, Shani combined the ideas of constructionist learning and affective computing to create a new system to address the emotional needs of teenaged girls. She designed and implemented an innovative new technology that brought together state-of-the art common-sense machine learning with theories of human learning and constructionism. While building this system, she collaborated with the Future of Learning Group on “The City that We Want” project in which learners build computational models for how they would like to improve their communities. Shani also collaborated on RoBallet, which bridged dance and robotics, and created the INNER-active Journal, a digital journal collecting physiological data for future reflection.
Prior to Shani's work at MIT, she received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University College of Engineering. There, she worked on developing algorithms in Matlab for predicting the possibility of student success in entry-level electrical engineering courses. She also designed curriculum for and facilitated Technical OutReach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.), a program of the National Society of Black Engineers geared toward closing the digital divide.
Shani has been profiled in the American Association for Advancement in Science website profiling African American Scientists; Engineer Your Life, geared towards encouraging young women to pursue engineering careers; and WGBH’s Science City. Trinity Broadcasting Network, Science Update Radio Program, National Public Radio, and Under the Microscope have also recognized her work.