Merritt Moore

Distinguished Artist in Residence, Adjunct Professor of Practice Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Harvard College, PhD University of Oxford

Research Areas: Robots, Quantum Physics, Dance

Merritt Moore, an academic quantum physicist and professional ballet dancer asks what the future of human and robot interaction will look like. Moore graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Physics from Harvard and a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. She also pursues a professional ballet career, previously with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet. During the pandemic, Moore programmed and danced with robots. With her robots, she has performed at Boston Ballet, Forbes Women's Summit, Switzerland, Germany, LA, Bucharest, and Harvard AI Opening (special guests including Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan). She collaborated with Louis Vuitton and was featured in TIME, Financial Times (FT), Vogue, BBC, and more. She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30, and she was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?".

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