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Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award


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Rice University professor Lydia Kavraki.

Rice University professor Lydia Kavraki has been named this year's recipient of the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Credit: Rice University

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award for her invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and robotics-inspired techniques for bioinformatics and biomedicine via analysis of the motion, shape, and flexibility of molecules.

"Planning the motion of objects in a three-dimensional space has been a central challenge in the robotics field for a long time," says ACM president Vicki Hanson. "Lydia Kavraki's Probabilistic Roadmap Method has had a tremendous impact. It is now widely used in robotics applications in industry and is a foundational idea for numerous researchers in the field."

Kavraki also helped create the open source Open Motion Planning Library, which is used in more than 30 robotics systems worldwide.

In addition, Kavraki previously has received ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Anita Borg ABIE Technical Leadership Award, and Rice's Presidential Award for Mentoring.

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