Faculty Profile

Nancy M. Amato

Computer Science
 Nancy M. Amato
Nancy M. Amato
Department Head Designate & Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering (starting Jan. 2019)
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Affiliation

  • Business Office
  • Department Head Office
  • Department Office

Primary Research Area

  • Artificial Intelligence

Education

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995.

Biography

Nancy M. Amato is Unocal Professor and Regents Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab. She is also Senior Director of Engineering Honors Programs in the College of Engineering and Co-Coordinator of the Computer Science and Engineering Track of Engineering Honors. In January 2019, she will join the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Department Head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering.

Amato received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois, respectively. Her main areas of research focus are motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing. She has graduated 23 PhD students, with most going on to careers in academia (10) or government or industry research labs (8), and the rest going to industry (3) or postdocs (2). She was program chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and for Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) in 2016. She is an elected member of the CRA Board of Directors (2014-2017, 2017-2020), was an elected member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society AdCom (2009-2011), was co-Chair of CRA-W (2014-2017) and co-chair of the NCWIT Academic Alliance (2009-2011).

Amato received the 2014 CRA Habermann Award, the inaugural NCWIT Harrold/Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award in 2014, the 2013 IEEE HP/Harriet Rigas Award, and a Texas A&M AFS university-level teaching award in 2011 and a university-level research award in 2018. She received an NSF CAREER Award and is a Fellow of AAAI, AAAS, ACM and IEEE.

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Research Interests

  • Motion planning, robotics, computational biology, computational geometry, animation, CAD, VR. Parallel and distributed computing, parallel algorithms, performance modeling and optimization.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Steven A. Wilmarth, Nancy M. Amato, Peter F. Stiller, ￿MAPRM: A Probabilistic Roadmap Planner with Sampling on the Medial Axis of the Free Space,￿ Proc. of the 1999 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 1999, pp. 1024￿1031.
  • Nancy M. Amato, O. Burchan Bayazit, Lucia K. Dale, Christopher Jones, Daniel Vallejo, ￿Choosing Good Distance Metrics and Local Planners for Probabilistic Roadmap Methods,￿ Proc. of the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 1998, pp. 630-637.
  • Nancy M. Amato, O. Burchan Bayazit, Lucia K. Dale, Christopher Jones, Daniel Vallejo, ￿OBPRM: An Obstacle-Based PRM for 3D Workspaces,￿ Robotics: The Algorithmic Perspective (Third Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, WA FR 1998), A.K. Peters, 1998, pp. 155￿168.
  • Nancy M. Amato and Yan Wu, ￿A Randomized Roadmap Method for Path and Manipulation Planning,￿ Proc. of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), April 1996, pp. 113￿120.

Honors

  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (2018)
  • Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (2015)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2013)
  • Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2010)

Teaching Honors

  • NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award (2014)
  • IEEE Hewlett-Packard/Harriet B. Rigas Award (2013)

Public Service Honors

  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award (2017)
  • A. Nico Habermann Award, The Computing Research Association (CRA) (2014)