De’Aira Gladys Bryant

Computer Science Ph.D. Student, Programming Instructor, STEM Education Advocate


De’Aira Bryant is a computer science Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She works as a graduate research assistant in the Human Automation Systems (HumAnS) Lab under the mentorship and advisory of Dr. Ayanna Howard. Her research areas include Human-Robot Interaction, Affective Computing, and AI Ethics. De’Aira holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics from the University of South Carolina (UofSC). She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the GEM National Consortium Fellowship, and the Georgia Tech Sloan M.PhD Fellowship.

De’Aira has accumulated practical research experience in academia and in industry. She has worked for Amazon Web Services as a Research Scientist Intern on the Rekognition, Themis, and Consumer Robotics teams in three consecutive summer internships. She also previously worked for Adobe Design Research as an Experience Design intern.

Her longstanding passion for teaching is evident in the roles she has pursued. De’Aira was the head graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Ayanna Howard for the in-person AI, Ethics, and Society course at Georiga Tech. She also served as a part-time computer science instructor for Juni Learning, teaching weekly Scratch, Python, and Java programming classes. She often leads workshops and outreach events to further share the possibilities of computing with others.

De’Aira is a native of Estill, South Carolina, and a Lowcountry girl at heart. She enjoys cookouts with her family, traveling the world, and sharing her experiences in computing and robotics with others. Her professional mission is to contribute to projects that develop technology for social good.


Herbert P. Haley Fellowship (June 2022)
ARSO Best Paper Award (July 2021)
Georgia Tech Focus Fellowship (February 2021)