The Anita Borg Institute has awarded USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Maja J. Matarić its 2013 Women of Vision Award in Innovation in recognition of her innovative work in robotics. Matarić is the Soon-Shiong professor of computer science, neuroscience and pediatrics, founding director of the USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems, as well as the vice dean for research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. She is also founding director of the USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems (CRES) and co-director of the USC Robotics Research Lab.
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) works to advance women in computer science and engineering roles globally. With the Women of Vision Awards, ABI honors women who have made significant contributions in high technology fields through outstanding achievements and important contributions to technology in innovation, positive changes to the way technology serves society and leadership.
According to Dr. Telle Whitney, ABI’s president and CEO, this year’s individual award winners represent the substantial achievements and contributions that women are making in technical roles. “ABI is proud to recognize Genevieve [Bell]'s, Vicki [Hanson]'s and Maja’s achievements and the contributions they have made in their fields,” said Dr. Whitney.
This award will be presented at ABI’s 8th annual Women of Vision Awards Banquet on May 9th in Santa Clara, CA.