Corinna Lathan

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Person.png Corinna Lathan  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Alma materSwarthmore College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2006
Interests • Brain-computer interface
• human-robot interaction
Biomedical researcher who has worked extensively with the US military and DARPA, working on human-robot interaction. WEF/Young Global Leaders 2006

Corinna E. Lathan is an American entrepreneur and engineer. She is the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, and Board Chair of AnthroTronix, Inc., a biomedical research and development company. Lathan is recognized for her work on digital health software and assistive technology,[1] and she has worked extensively with the US military and DARPA.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006. She went on to sit on the WEF's Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement and Global Agenda Council for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.[2]


Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]


Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.[4]


In 1999, Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix, Inc., a research and development company in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2005, she founded AT KidSystems, Inc., a spinoff of AnthroTronix, which distributes alternative computer interfaces and educational software.[1]

AnthroTronix’s has created a mobile medical software application for the US Department of Defense to support diagnosis and evaluation of cognitive functioning. [5] It is also working on human-robot control interfaces, including haptic devices (touch control) for the Army’s Future Force Warrior Program.[6]

By 2005, she had also worked with DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency) program on Tactical Mobile Robots [TMR]. "We wanted to look at new ways to control these robots. We worked on vibrotactile feedback and using gloves for control. "We developed the SPAT-A test, a test of spatial ability test as we found a correlation of spatial ability and teleoperation ability. In the past five years we have had approximately equal funding from the military and the rehabilitation areas."[6]

Lathan’s work with children with disabilities and robotics has been featured in magazines including Forbes,[4] Time,[7] and The New Yorker.[8] She was named as Maryland's Top Innovator of the Year,[9] and one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Most Creative People in Business,”[10] among other recognitions.


Lathan serves as co-chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement,[11] a Board Member for the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation,[12] and a Board Member at Engineering World Health, supporting the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world.[13] She also serves as an Independent Director at PTC, a global technology provider for internet of things and augmented reality platforms.[14]

Dedicated to recruiting women and minorities to science and technology, Lathan founded Keys to Empowering Youth (KEYs) in 1993 at MIT, which has since been adopted at other universities nationwide.[1][15] She is an advisor to the FIRST and VEX robotics programs[1] and a Board Member at KID Museum.[16]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201225 January 201229 January 2012World Economic Forum
2113 guests in Davos
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by a lot of people, both leaders and followers
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2951 known participants


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