Computer scientist receives nation's highest honor for early career research

Computer science and engineering associate professor Stergios Roumeliotis has been awarded a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the nation’s highest honor recognizing outstanding early career researchers who show exceptional potential. Roumeliotis was recently honored at a White House ceremony for the 67 researchers whose work is deemed of critical importance to the future of the United States.

Roumeliotis specializes in inertial navigation of aerial and ground autonomous vehicles, fault detection and identification, and sensor networks. His research could be used in wheeled Mars rovers, tracked vehicles, as well as unmanned helicopters and spacecrafts. The applications of his research span from indoors to outdoors and from autonomous landing to planetary exploration.

Roumeliotis is one of 20 scientists and engineers who were nominated for the PECASE by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is one of nine federal departments and agencies that annually nominate individuals for the award. The NSF nominees are chosen from among the winners of NSF’s Early Career Development Program (CAREER) recipients. By receiving awards through the CAREER program, the nominees had already demonstrated their success in integrating research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.


Winners of the PECASE receive up to five years of funding from their nominating agency to further their research in support of critical government missions.


December 22, 2008