Manuela M. Veloso
|Manuela M. Veloso|
|Fields||Computer Science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence|
|Institutions||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University
Instituto Superior Técnico
|Thesis||Learning by Analogical Reasoning in General Purpose Problem Solving (1992)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jaime Carbonell|
|Doctoral students||Astro Teller, Peter Stone (professor)|
Manuela Maria Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the President-Elect of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the Past President of the International RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS. She is an international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Manuela Veloso received her Licenciatura and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 1980 and 1984, respectively. She then attended Boston University, and received a M.A. in Computer Science in 1986. She moved to Carnegie Mellon University and received her Ph.D. in Computer Science there in 1992. Her thesis Learning by Analogical Reasoning in General Purpose Problem Solving was advised by Jaime Carbonell.
Shortly after receiving her Ph.D., Manuela Veloso joined the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science as an assistant professor. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1997, and full professor in 2002. Veloso was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the AY 1999-2000 and a Radcliffe Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for the AY 2006-2007. She is the winner of the 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award. She was the Program Chair for IJCAI-07, held January 6–12, 2007, in Hyderabad, India and was program co-chair of AAAI-05, held July 9–13, 2005, in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Editorial Board of CACM and the AAAI Magazine. She is the author of one book on Planning by Analogical Reasoning. As of 2012, Veloso has graduated 23 PhD students.
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".
Honors and awards
- National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1995.
- Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research in 1997.
- 2003 [Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence] AAAI Fellow
- 2006/2007 Radcliffe Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
- 2010 IEEE Fellow
- 2010 [American Association for the Advancement of Science] AAAS Fellow
- 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award
- 2012 Einstein Chair Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences