This week it was announced that MIT professor and CSAIL principal investigator Tomas Lozano-Perez has been awarded the 2021 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for his “foundational contributions to robot motion planning and visionary leadership in the field.”
Lozano-Perez’s research has covered a wide breadth of topics related to robotics, computing and health, and vision. In robotics, his work has focused on configuration-space approach to motion planning; in computer vision he’s investigated interpretation-tree approach to object recognition; and at the intersection of computer science and health, he’s focused on medical imaging (computer-assisted surgery) and computational chemistry (drug activity prediction and protein structure determination from NMR & X-ray data). His current research is aimed at integrating task, motion, and decision-theoretic planning for robotic manipulation.
Lozano-Perez co-leads the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group at CSAIL, and is currently the School of Engineering Professor in Teaching Excellence at MIT. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has received an IEEE Robotics Pioneer Award and a Presidential Young Investigator Award.
“For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession,” says IEEE President Toshio Fukuda.