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M. Bernardine Dias, associate research professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and the founder and director of the TechBridgeWorld program, will receive the 2012 Borg Early Career Award from the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).

The annual award is given to a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made significant research contributions and who has contributed to her profession, especially in the outreach to women. Dias and Katie Siek, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, are this year’s recipients.

Ms. Dias, who earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in robotics at Carnegie Mellon, has until recently split her teaching duties between CMU’s Pittsburgh and Doha campuses. She is passionate about mentoring students and works through many avenues to encourage young people, and especially girls and women, to pursue careers in technology. Ms. Dias is a founding member of Carnegie Mellon’s [email protected], a campus organization dedicated to creating and supporting women’s professional and social opportunities in computing. She is faculty adviser to the graduate [email protected]

Ms. Dias is a recognized leader in autonomous team coordination research. Her doctoral dissertation developed the “TraderBots” market-based framework for multi-robot coordination in dynamic environments. She continues to advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous team coordination and planning through the rCommerce research group that she co-created and co-directs. Her research efforts also extend to Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus through the Qri8 robotics lab, which she co-founded and co-directs.

[Image Courtesy: Carnegie Mellon University]

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