Manuela Veloso was ranked in the top 10 of the 35 women on the Academic Influence list which includes astronauts, founders and CEOs of well-known technology and researchers from around the world. The Portuguese researcher has been strongly involved with the Program since it was launched in 2006. She has been leading multiple collaborative projects between Portuguese and Carnegie Mellon research teams and is an advisor for dual-degree Ph.D. candidates mostly in Computer Science, Robotics and Machine Learning.
Manuela Veloso is internationally renowned for her work in artificial intelligence and being one of the world’s top computer scientists and roboticists. Veloso is now the Emeritus Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the CMU School of Computer Science and head of J.P. Morgan AI Research. After receiving this distinction, she revealed in a news article by CMU School of Computer Science that she was “glad to see CMU on the list. She felt like a role model to women in engineering and noted that women on the list challenged conventional thinking, changed systems and went against what was popular at the time or expected of them.”
The AI specialist concluded her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lisbon’s Instituto Superior Técnico in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon in 1992. Her thesis Learning by Analogical Reasoning in General Purpose Problem Solving was supervised by Jaime Carbonell, founder of the CMU’s Language Technologies Institute (LTI). Shortly after receiving her Ph.D., Manuela Veloso joined the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science as an assistant professor. She led the Machine Learning Department from 2016 to 2018, when she took a leave of absence to join J.P. Morgan.
She has received several academic awards during her career, has published more than 250 scientific articles and created the CoBots. She was president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and founder of the Coral Research Laboratory. She is also responsible for RoboCup, an annual robot soccer championship, which had the first edition in 1997 in Japan.
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More information about Manuela Veloso at: https://www.scs.cmu.edu/news/veloso-ranked-among-most-highly-influential-women-engineering