Amato Awarded Inaugural Robotics Medal

June 02, 2023

June 1, 2023 DTI COVID-19 PI Nancy Amato, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the Inaugural Robotics Medal from MassRobotics, a nonprofit innovation hub based in Boston. Amato was awarded for her contributions to the field, notably for research on the algorithmic foundations of motion planning, computational biology, computational geometry, and parallel computing.

According to MassRobotics, the Robotics Medal is the world’s first major prize to recognize the wide-ranging impact of female researchers focusing on the development of robotics around the globe. The Robotics Medal is awarded to a woman-identifying student/faculty nominated professor in robotics to recognize their impactful contributions to the field and includes a $50K prize awarded to the individual.

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Amato pictured second from right, with Rising Star awardee Alyssa Pierson of Boston University, second from left.