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Photo of Manuela M. Veloso Manuela M. Veloso

Manuela M. Veloso is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and she is visiting the MIT AI lab for the academic year of 99-00. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. A native of Portugal, she received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1984 from the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.

Manuela's long-term research goal is the effective construction of intelligent agents where cognition, perception, and action are combined to autonomously address planning, execution, and learning tasks. She is particularly interested in systems of multiple robots acting in adversarial environments. With her students, she has been working on the concrete robotic soccer research environment. She has developed robotic soccer teams, which have participated in the RoboCup international competitions in three different categories, namely computer simulation fully distributed agents, small-wheeled robots, and Sony four-legged robots. Her three teams were RoboCup'98 champions in Paris. At RoboCup'99, in Stockholm, the simulation league became once again world champion, and the legged-robots came in third place. The small robots were eliminated in the quarter finals, after their consecutive championships for RoboCup'97 in Nagoya and RoboCup'98 in Paris.

Manuela received an NSF Career Award in 1995 and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research in 1997. She is the author of one book on "Planning by Analogical Reasoning" and the author of over 70 technical journals and conference papers.

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