Manuela M. Veloso, who will deliver the keynote at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) on Friday, is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Her field of research covers Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and she founded and directs the CORAL research laboratory, which studies autonomous agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act and Learn.
Manuela is an IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, and the past President of AAAI and RoboCup. Her CoBot service robots have autonomously navigated for more than 1,000km in multi-floor office buildings.
Manuela has become well-known in the AI community for being the guiding force behind robot soccer, using the sport as a playing field for autonomous systems and researching how robots can observe, reason, act, cooperate and learn while playing on a field. She co-founded the RoboCup Federation and launched the first-ever games in 1997. The official goal of the RoboCup is for a robot team to defeat the human team in 2050’s World Cup.