Daniela Rus, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT (CSAIL), has been appointed by the Computing Research Association (CRA) -- in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF) – one of five new members to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, effective July 1. The CCC Council is comprised of 18 members representing expertise in diverse areas of computing. Members of the CCC Council are instrumental in leading the CCC’s visioning programs, shaping directions for future computing research.
Prof. Rus is well known for her research in distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter. At CSAIL, she has led numerous groundbreaking research projects in the areas of transportation, security, environmental modeling and monitoring, underwater exploration, and agriculture. Her research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL), has developed modular and self-reconfiguring robots, systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first –responders, mobile sensor networks, techniques for cooperative underwater robotics, and new technology for desktop robotics. Under Prof. Rus’ direction, members of the DRL have built robots that can tend a garden, bake cookies from scratch, cut a birthday cake, fly in swarms without human aid to perform surveillance functions, and dance with humans. Prof. Rus is also a champion of youth outreach, spearheading several programs that encourage students to pursue careers in computer science.
Prof. Rus is the recipient of an NSF Career award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship. She is a class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow. She is also a fellow of AAAI and IEEE.
Earning her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University, Prof. Rus was an assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College before coming to MIT.