For outstanding contributions to computer science, information technology and societal systems as a researcher, educator and administrator. Press Release
For outstanding research contributions in several areas including computational anatomy, and active sensing and perception, resulting in major impacts in robotics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Bajcsy's work has been in the areas of machine perception, image processing, artificial intelligence and medical imaging resulting in extraordinary impact on the field of computer science. Her pioneering work in the 1970's was instrumental in shaping the field of computational anatomy. Much of the impetus in physics-based modeling today can be traced back to her early work. She established the paradigm of active sensing and perception in the 1980's. This work brought together the then disparate fields of control and computer vision and had a major impact on both those fields and, in turn, on the field of artificial intelligence. She has also had a profound influence on the field of robotics. Dr. Bajcsy has served on numerous boards and advisory panels and most recently served as the Assistant Director for CISE at NSF where she was responsible for the Information Technology Research Initiative. She was instrumental in convincing the policy community that the ubiquity of computing goes beyond laptops and workstations to embedded, reactive computers tied to actuators, sensors and active networks and in persuading that community of the importance of basic computer science to the progress of all of science. Press Release
For introducing the paradigm of Active Perception in the field of machine perception and establishing and maintaining a world class robotic and intelligent systems laboratory.
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She is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Science (CITRIS). Prior to joining Berkeley, she headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. In 2001, she received the ACM/Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Allen Newell Award, and was named as one of the 50 most important women in science in the November 2002 issue of Discover Magazine. She is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Computer and Cognitive Sciences (2009) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Award (2013) for her contributions in the field of robotics and automation.