Lydia Kavraki, Rice’s Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and a professor of bioengineering, has been named the winner of the 2015 Award for Technical Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute.
The institute, which promotes the progress of women in technology, will present the award to Kavraki at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Rice is a gold academic sponsor of the Oct. 14-16 event, which will bring 12,000 women technologists to Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.
The award recognizes women who demonstrate leadership through contributions and achievements that raise the impact of women on technology.
Kavraki, who joined Rice in 1996, continues to push the boundaries of fundamental computer science, but with her own agenda. While she and her Rice students tackle specific problems in both robotics and biomedical sciences, she wants each solution to address a bigger picture.
“We try to connect our work with current applications,” she said. “My students enjoy working on applications, but they also gain a lot by understanding that we need to develop fundamental computational methodologies for us to be able to tackle larger problems....