Murphy, Amato elected IEEE Fellows

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 6:54am
Texas A&M University

Dr. Nancy Amato and Dr. Robin Murphy, faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, have been elected Fellows of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Nancy Amato

Dr. Nancy Amato

Amato is a professor and co-director of the Parasol Laboratory in the computer science and engineering department. She joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 1995. Amato earned undergraduate degrees from Stanford university, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amato’s research interests are in the areas of motion planning, computational biology, robotics, computational geometry, animation, CAD, VR, parallel and distributed computing, parallel algorithms, performance modeling, and optimization

Among her honors are the NSF CAREER Award and Texas A&M University’s Women’s Progress Award. A Fellow of the World Technology Network, Amato has been named a Distinguished Speaker of ACM and a Distinguished Lecturer by IEEE’s Robotics and Automation Society.

Amato was chosen “for contributions to the algorithmic foundations of motion planning in robotics and computational biology.”

Murphy is director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and the Raytheon

Dr. Robin Murphy

Dr. Robin Murphy

Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Murphy, who joined the faculty at A&M in 2008, is best known for her work with search and rescue robots, which have been used in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as in mud slides, caved-in mines and collapsed buildings around the world.

Earlier this year, Murphy was selected to receive the Motohiro Kisoi Award from the International Rescue System Institute (IRS) and named an Alpha Geek by Wired magazine. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation, the first time the award has been given to an academic. She was profiled in the June 14, 2004, issue of TIME magazine as an innovator in artificial intelligence.

Murphy received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Georgia Tech, where she was a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow. Her basic research focuses on artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction for unmanned systems. These efforts are/have been funded by DoE (RIM), DARPA, ONR, NASA, NSF and industry, and have led to more than 100 publications in the field, including the textbook Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press).

Murphy was cited “for contributions to rescue robotics and insertion of robots into major disasters.”

Written by Lesley Kriewald,



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