Nancy M. Amato is Unocal Professor and Interim Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab. She received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. She was an AT&T Bell Laboratories PhD Scholar, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, is a Distinguished Speaker for the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, and was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. She received the 2013 IEEE Hewlett-Packard/Harriet B. Rigas Award, a University-level teaching award from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students in 2011, and the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education at Texas A&M in 2013. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN).
She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IROS Conference Paper Review Board (2011-2013), as an Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Conference Editorial Board (2006-2010), and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing. She is an elected member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee (AdCom), She was co-Chair of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance (2009-2011), is a member of the Computing Research Association's Committees on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and Education (CRA-E), and of the Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC).
She has directed or co-directed the CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU, formally known as the DMP) since 2000; DREU is a national program that matches undergraduate women and students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution.
Her main areas of research focus are motion planning and robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel and distributed computing. She has graduated 14 PhD students, with most of them going on to careers in academia (7) and government or industry research labs (5),
18 master's students, and has worked with more than 100 Texas A&M undergraduate researchers and non-Texas A&M student interns, with the majority being students from groups underrepresented in computing. She currently supervises 13 PhD students, 2 masters students, and more than 10 undergraduate and high school researchers.
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Sampling-Based Motion Planning: From Intelligent CAD to Crowd Simulation to Protein Folding
Motion planning arises in many application domains such as computer animation (digital actors), mixed reality systems and intelligent CAD (virtual prototyping and training), and even computational...
Using Motion Planning to Study Protein Motions
Protein motions, ranging from molecular flexibility to large-scale conformational change, play an essential role in many biochemical processes. For example, some devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's...
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