Professor and CSAIL Director Daniela Rus
EECS faculty member Daniela Rus has been selected to receive a Pioneer in Robotics and Automation Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
Rus, the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of EECS and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is being recognized “for pioneering work in the science and design of distributed and self-reconfiguring robotic systems,” according to the RAS announcement. The award will be presented during the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Australia, in May.
Rus’ research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab, has developed robots that can garden, bake cookies from scratch, dance with humans, and fly to conduct surveillance without human assistance. The lab has also worked on self-driving golf carts, wheelchairs, scooters, and city cars designed to reduce traffic deaths and provide new mobility options for elderly people. Companies such as iRobot and Boeing have commercialized innovations drawn from Rus' research.
Rus received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002. She is a fellow of the IEEE, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy for Arts and Science. In 2017, she received the Robotics Industries Association’s prestigious Engleberger Robotics Award for her work in the field.
Before joining the MIT faculty, Rus was a professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College. She received a PhD in computer science from Cornell University.