Manuela Veloso

Head of Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University

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Manuela Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a fellow of AAAI, AAAS, ACM, and IEEE. She researches in artificial intelligence, with focus in autonomous robots and control learning. Veloso is a Past President of AAAI,  and the co-founder and a Past President of RoboCup.

Manuela Veloso got her Licenciatura in Electrical Engineering, and her master in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon. She also did a master in Computer Science at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, after which she joined the faculty as an assistant professor. During her sabbatical leaves, Veloso was a visiting professor at the MIT, Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at CUSP at NYU. She is the winner of the 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award. She is the author of one book on Planning by Analogical Reasoning. As of 2017, Veloso has graduated 34 PhD students. She was appointed as the head of Carnegie Mellon’s Machine Learning Department in 2016.

Veloso describes her research goals as the “effective construction of autonomous agents where cognition, perception, and action are combined to address planning, execution, and learning tasks.” Veloso and her students have researched and developed a variety of autonomous robots, including teams of soccer robots, and mobile service robots. Her robot soccer teams have been RoboCup world champions several times, and the CoBot mobile robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000 km in university buildings. In recent interviews , Veloso discussed the responsibility inherent in developing autonomous systems, and expressed her engagement and optimism that the technology will be put to use for the good of humankind.