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Matt Beane

UC Santa Barbara

Project Scientist, Technology Management Program

Matt Beane is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a Research Affiliate with MIT's Institute for the Digital Economy. Matt studies deviance in work involving artificial intelligence - and specifically robotics. These systems bring unprecedented opportunities and challenges to the world of work. Matt studies the role of deviance in all this, asking questions like "When, where and how will workers, organizations and even AI engage in deviance in the 21st century, and what are the consequences?" Matt has done field research on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care and knowledge work.

He received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Information Technologies department. His work on robotic telepresence in a post-surgical ICU was published in 2014 in Organization Science. He was selected in 2012 as a Human Robot Interaction Pioneer, and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes and Robohub. Before MIT Sloan, Matt was a principal in a management consulting firm focused on group and team dynamics.


Phelps Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara