Lind Hall Diversity Wall

This page will dive into the history of the diverse voices that have shaped computer science at the University of Minnesota and beyond. These wall is displayed in the new student services center at Lind Hall 324. Check out each panel to learn more about computer science trailblazers through the years. 

Panel 1
Lind Hall Wall collage P1

Wall display:

1. Men putting in a drive in a computer
2. Men and woman working at tables as human computers
3. Man and woman in front of Burroughs sorting machine
4. Manufacturing workers
5. Large room of woman workers using typewriters and adding machines
6. Jean E. Sammet
7. Computer room (men and women)
8. Nine men in a large computer room
9. Alan Turing
10. Woman running the PLATO system
11.Mary Kenneth Keller 
12. Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas (right)
13. Three women working in manufacturing job
14. Women using adding machines
15. Group of women and a man standing behind a Burroughs sign 1909-10
16. A self analysis over time about a decision to stay or go from IBM by Jean Sammet
17. Woman at a manufacturing job
18. Two women in picture with large computer
19. Woman at a manufacturing job
20. Large computer room with two men
21. Diverse group of women and men (employees) receiving a Zero Defects Award
22. Two men and a woman programming or using a computer
23. Electronics manufacturing workers
24. Hedy Lamarr
25. A woman teaching a boy and girl how to use the PLATO system 
26. Men and women working with ENIAC
27. Manufacturing CDC testing a circuit board
28. Augusta Ada King
29. Office with employees with computers (men and women)
30. Woman working with wiring at CDC
31. Honeywell, Inc. v. Sperry Rand Corp.
32. Woman putting tape on the tape discs
33. Returning veterans sign to get trained by Burroughs
34. A man using a computer
35. Two women working with the electronics of a large computer
36. Manufacturing computer parts at the CDC
37. Grace Hopper
38. A young girl using a computer
39. Betty Holberton's obituary 
40. Katherine Johnson
41. Man and woman in front of Control Data 7600 computer
42. Woman running automated machinery
43. Woman working with the electronics of a computer
44. Two women manufacturing adding machines
45. One woman with a tape drive

Physical display items:

  • Multiple punch cards
  • FACIT Accounting machine
  • WWII cryptography supply chest
  • Multiple floppy disks (Black and ERA MECC/MAXIS)
  • Fundamentals of the Computing Sciences book
  • 70's ERA punch cards
  • Printed output (Non-Interactive Omnitab Program)
  • CSC 6638 Disk System
  • Verizon phone with keyboard

Jean E. Sammet

Jean E. Sammet was an American computer scientist known for creating the FORMAC and COBOL programming languages. She worked for IBM’s Federal Systems Division and authored two books on computer science. Learn more about Jean E. Sammet.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing is known for his contributions to artificial intelligence (AI) as a mathematician and a computer scientist. He spent time with the British government as a code breaker during WWII and went on to work on the creation of the electronic computer. Turing was a founding father of AI and was praised for his theory that the human brain is comparable to a digital computer. Learn more about Alan Turing.

Mary Kenneth Keller

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller was not only a nun, but the first person in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. She founded the Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE). Keller is credited for founding the computer science department at Clarke University in Iowa. Learn more about Mary Kenneth Keller.

Betty Jean Jennings and Fran Bilas

Betty Jean Jennings and Fran Bilas were computer programmers recruited by the U.S. army along with four other women as artillery trajectory computers. They were the creators of the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, otherwise known as ENIAC. Jennings and Bilas’ ENIAC was used for the trajectory of artillery shells. ENIAC was incredibly fast and efficient in nature. Learn more about Betty Jen Jennings and Fran Bilas.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamar was an Austrian-American actress and scientist who pioneered the technology that forms the basis for today’s WIFI, GPS, and Bluetooth communications systems. Learn more about Hedy Lamarr.

Augusta Ada King

Augusta Ada King, also known as the Countess of Lovelace, worked on Charles Babbages' proposed Analytical Engine. She is credited with writing the first algorithm to be carried out on this proposed mechanical general-purpose computer. King is often regarded as the first "computer programmer." Learn more about Ada Lovelace.

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper was a mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S Navy. While in the navy, Hopper programmed the groundbreaking computer Mark I. She worked on Mark II and Mark III while in the navy. After her time in the navy, Hopper worked on the Universal Automatic Computer, from which she and her team created the first computer language compiler, A-0. Learn more about Grace Hopper.

Betty Holberton

Betty Holberton was one of the six women computer programmers credited with the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, ENIAC. Her work was used by the U.S. army to calculate bullet trajectories during World War II. After that, Holberton worked on two additional revisions of the programming language FORTRAN, FORTRAN 77 and FORTRAN90, and was also a part of the team working on BINAC, the first commercial digital computer. Learn more about Betty Holberton. 

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson is a notable mathematician and 'computer' for NASA. She worked on the orbital mechanics of the moon landing missions. Johnson analyzed flight data and did trajectory analysis according to the data. She is most well known for her calculations that would prepare for John Glenn’s orbital mission. Learn more about Katherine Johnson.

Panel 2
Lind Hall Wall panel 2 collage

Wall display:

1. The Forbin Project
2. Woman using a computer at Argonne National Labs
3. Terminal Operator working at a terminal
4. Women working
5. People working on manufacturing job
6. Man reading a computer print out at Argonne National Labs
7. Amy Mastrogiovanni at Pioneer Day at the National Computer Conference in Chicago in 1987
8. Pixels
9. Magnetic Drum Calculator cartoon from 1973
10. Man loading a tape disc at the Argonne National Lab
11. Barbara Liskov wins 2008 Turing Award for design of programming languages and software methodology
12. Annie Easley
13. Gopher Goes Global article
14. Carol Shaw 
15. Ida Scott at NCC
16. Adele Goldberg
17. Military men using computer on a Polaris submarine
18. Four men with a CDC computer
19. Man and woman collaborating in front of a computer at the Argonne National Lab
20. Seymour Cray in front of Cray 1
21.CDC Korea building with workers outside protesting
22. Clean room employees
23. Heroic Electronic Brain cartoon
24. Edie Windsor
25. Woman putting in tape disc
26. Polaris missile launch
27. Woman working with the memory of the computer 
28. Woman working at the lab using a machine and fingerprints cards
29. Woman working at manufacturing disk assembly job
30. Mary Allen Wilkes
31. People working on wiring and assembly
32. University of Minnesota Robotics Lab
33. Jean E. Sammet 
34. Raj Reddy
35. CRAY 2 computer
36. Frances Allen 
37. Mark Dean
38. Woman working with a computer (CDC)
39. Internet Gopher World Tour ad
40. Jean Hall and Viola Woodward sitting together at the NCC in 1985
41. Gemini Astronauts
42. Sample session of Gopher protocol
43. Diverse group of workers
44. Computer that contained the software for Gopher Protocol

Physical display items:

  • Multiple punch cards
  • Bauer Top Star XL hand-held camera (9mm film)
  • Multiple floppy disks (Magnetic Media)
  • Motorola phone
  • Flip phone
  • 1980's clear phone
  • Hand-held game

Amy Mastrogiovanni

Amy Mastrogiovanni is a computer scientist. He attended the famed 1987 Pioneer Day at the National Computer Conference in Chicago, which was devoted to operating systems. Learn more about the 1987 NCC event from Mastrogiovanni's point of view.

Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov is an American computer scientist and developed of the Liskov substitution principle. She is the recipient of the 2008 Turing award for her work on programming languages. Liskov is the first woman to be granted a doctorate in computer science in the United States. Learn more about Barbara Liskov.

Annie Easley

Annie Easley was a NASA “human computer” and notable computer scientist. She was also an advocate for equal employment. Easley was known for her initial calculations for the Plum Brook Reactor Facility. After her time spent as a computer, she evolved into a computer scientist to work with NASA’s work and programs. Easley coded portions of energy-conversion systems used in hybrid vehicles and the Centaur upper-stage rocket. Learn more about Annie Easley.

Carol Shaw

Carol Shaw is one of the first female video game designers who was employed by Atari to program video games for console gaming. Shaw worked on games such as 3-D Tic Tac Toe, Video Checkers, and Super Breakout during her time with Atari. Learn more about Carol Shaw.

Ida Scott

Ida Scott is a computer scientist. She attended the famed 1987 Pioneer Day at the National Computer Conference in Chicago, which was devoted to operating systems. Learn more about the 1987 NCC event.

Adele Goldberg

Adele Goldberg was an American computer scientist credited for her involvement in the development of the programming language Smalltalk-80. She participated in various concepts related to object-oriented programming while a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Learn more about Adele Goldberg.

Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray was a University of Minnesota graduate who specialized in electrical engineering and computer engineering. He was one of the pioneer designers of supercomputers. His first supercomputer, the Cray-1, was one of the fastest calculators at the time. Learn more about Seymour Cray. 

Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor an American LGBT activist. Windsor was a technology manager and Senior Systems Programmer at IBM, the highest level technical position at IBM. Learn more about Edie Windsor.

Mary Allen Wilkes

Mary Allen Wilkes is a lawyer, former computer programmer, and logic designer. Wilkes is known for her work with the LINC computer, now recognized by many as the world's first "personal computer". Learn more about Mary Allen Wilkes.

Jean E. Sammet

Jean E. Sammet was an American computer scientist known for creating the FORMAC and COBOL programming languages. She worked for IBM’s Federal Systems Division and authored two books on computer science. Learn more about Jean E. Sammet. 

Raj Reddy

Raj Reddy is a Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the 1994 Turing recipient for his work on artificial intelligence systems. Reddy is recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Learn more about Raj Reddy.

Frances Allen

Frances Allen is the first woman to win the Turing Award and the first to become an IBM Fellow. She led a team that created one of the first supercomputers, the Stretch Harvest. The Stretch Harvest could decipher three programming languages, FORTRAN, Autocoder, and Alpha, and was designed for the U.S. National Security Agency. Learn more about Frances Allen.

Mark Dean

Mark Dean was a co-creator of the IBM PC and the first gigahertz chip. He was the first Black person to be named an IBM Fellow. Dean holds three of IBM's original nine patents. He holds an additional 20 patents outside of IBM. Learn more about Mark Dean.

Jean Hall

Jean Hall is a pioneer computer scientist for Argonne's National Laboratory. She worked on AVIDAC, Argonne's first digital computer. Learn more about Argonne Labs.

Panel 3
Collage of people in Computer Science over the years

Wall display:

1. Dean Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.
2. Current technology
3. Current technology
4. Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women (ACM-W) at the University of Minnesota
5. Current technology
6. Current technology
7. London Lowmanstone
8. Getiria Onsongo
9. Shafi Goldwasser
10. Skip Ellis
11. Ricardo Baeza-Yates
12. Esra Kadioglu
13. Audrey Tang 
15. Johanna Lucht
16. Monica Anders Herzog
17. Kathy DeerInWater
18. Eve Poeschl
19. University of Minnesota computer science student
20. Radia Perlman
21. Sunghee Kim
22. University of Minnesota computer science students working in a lab
23. Aruna Nookola
24. Marie Manner
25. Maria Klawe
26. University of Minnesota computer science students working in a lab
27. Bonnie Holub
28. Jasmine Jones
29. University of Minnesota computer science students working in a lab
30. Current technology
31. University of Minnesota computer science faculty and students in a meeting
32. University of Minnesota computer science students working in a lab
33. Charles Isbell
34. ACM-W student group leadership
35. Maria Gini
36. Current technology
37. University of Minnesota's Department of Computer Science & Engineering faculty and students pose at the Grace Hopper Celebration
38.  ACM-W student group leadership
39. Valerie Taylor
40. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos
41. Current technology

Physical display items:

  • Blackberry device
  • Multiple CDs
  • Penmate electronic stylus
  • Apple iPhone
  • Apple iPod
  • Apple iPod Nano
  • USB Drive
  • DVD

Dean Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.

Dean Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., is an accomplished roboticist, entrepreneur and educator. She became the first woman to lead The Ohio State University College of Engineering on March 1, 2021. Dr. Howard is the founder and president of the board of directors of Zyrobotics, a Georgia Institute of Technology spin-off company that develops mobile therapy and educational products for children with special needs. From 1993 to 2005, she worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she held multiple roles including senior robotics researcher and deputy manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist. Learn more about Dean Ayanna Howard.

Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women (ACM-W)

ACM-W has built their community around empowering and inspiring women to pursue careers in computing. They are motivated by a shared passion for promoting accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in all things computing-related. Learn more about ACM-W at the University of Minnesota.

London Lowmanstone

London Lowmanstone is the Director of Art for the Harvard Technology Review, a publication that explores the essentially human aspects of technology, and exists at the intersection between practice and theory, leveraging insight from both industry and academia. Their article, “A Framework for Privacy,” has been featured in The Startup, a blog that features a variety of topics and boasts 8+ million monthly readers. Learn more about London Lowmanstone.

Getiria Onsongo

Dr. Getiria Onsongo’s research focuses on bioinformatics with two areas of focus - improving clinical diagnostics with genomic data and computational agriculture. He partners with the International AgroInformatics Alliance at the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Science at the University of Minnesota to develop a system to help prevent food shortages in sub-Saharan African countries. Previously, he was at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and worked with a clinical team to develop software to diagnose rare diseases. Learn more about Dr. Getiria Onsongo.

Shafi Goldwasser 

Dr. Shafi Goldwasser is the Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and the C. Lester Hogan Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Goldwasser was the recipient of the ACM Turing Award for 2012. She was also the recipient of the Gödel Prize in 1993 and another in 2001 for her work on interactive proofs and connections to approximation. Learn more about Dr. Shafi Goldwasser.

Clarence “Skip” Ellis was the first Black student to earn a Ph.D. in computer science (University of Illinois,1969). While at Illinois, he worked on computer systems, in particular the hardware, software, and applications of the ILLIAC IV supercomputer. From 1976 to 1984, Ellis headed a group at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) that invented and developed Officetalk, the first office system to use icons and Ethernet to allow people to collaborate from a distance. Learn more about Dr. Skip Ellis.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates is a professor of the practice at the Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence of Northeastern University and a part-time professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, as well as at the Department of Computing Science of Universidad de Chile in Santiago. He is the co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook, which won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. Baeza-Yates is also a co-author of the second edition of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures, and co-editor of Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Data Structures, among more than 600 other publications. Learn more about Dr. Ricardo Baeza-Yates.

Esra Kadioglu

Dr. Esra Kadioglu is currently an assistant professor at Macalaster University, as well as an assistant professor at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, Turkey, where they set up an undergrad robotics lab that included Kobuki robots, a Trossen arm, and drones. Esra’s research is in mobile robotics, particularly how to make robots move efficiently for a given scenario and how to make multiple robots collaborate on a task. Learn more about Dr. Esra Kadioglu.

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang is a software developer and self-described “civic hacker”. Tang was made Taiwan’s executive council to head digital policy in 2016, and was the youngest and first transgender official in Taiwan’s executive government, known as the yuan. Tang initiated and led the Pugs project, a joint effort from the Haskell and Perl communities to implement the Perl 6 language; Tang also made contributions to internationalization and localization efforts for several Free Software programs, including SVK (a version-control software written in Perl for which Tang also wrote a large portion of the code), Request Tracker, and Slash. Learn more about Audrey Tang.

Johanna Lucht

Johanna Lucht developed an understanding of mathematics before she acquired language. It was that passion for math and the ability to face challenges that led to her eventual study of computer science, and paved her road to NASA. In 2017, Johanna became the first deaf engineer to carry out an active role in a NASA control center during a crewed research flight. As the systems II engineer for the flight, she was responsible for observing and evaluating data related to the aircraft’s GPS and navigation systems, as well as analyzing inflight data, to monitor how well the aircraft was performing in flight. Learn more about Johanna Lucht.

Monica Anders Herzog

Dr. Monica Anderson-Herzog is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on distributing autonomy in multi-robot teams, human-robot teaming, and the acceptance of smart devices. Anders Herzog is committed to bridging the gap between AI and robotics. She served as chair/co-chair of the AAAI Robotics Workshop and Exhibition track in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In addition, she was the 2019 Technical Demonstrations Chair. Learn more about Dr. Monica Anders Herzog.

Kathy DeerInWater

Dr. Kathy DeerInWater is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Chief Program Officer with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). With a Ph.D. in population biology and her background in a STEM field, she’s passionate about supporting tribal sovereignty and self determination. AISES is focused on supporting students in computer science and other computing related fields in furtherance of tribal sovereignty. Learn more about Dr. Kath DeerInWater.

Eve Poeschl

Using her engineering background, Eve Poeschl grows houseplants in semi-hydroponics with the goals of reducing the mental burden of watering plants, pest reduction, and the ability to maintain a collection of 300+ house plants and still go on two-week vacations. Poeschl advocates for women and girls in STEM-related fields as a board member of Technovation[MN] and is a judge for MN Cup competition. Learn more about Eve Poeschl.

Radia Perlman

Engineer and mathematician Radia Perlman was one of very few women in the 1970s involved in the process of assembling the networks and technology to enable what we now know as the Internet. Her invention of the algorithm behind the Spanning Tree Protocol solved a challenging information routing problem and earned her the moniker “Mother of the Internet.” Perlman earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. Her doctoral thesis on routing in environments where malicious network failures are present serves as the basis for much of the work that now exists in this area. She was named 2004 Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association and was listed as one of the 20 most influential people in information technology by Data Communications Magazine, in both its 20th and 25th anniversary editions. Learn more about Dr. Radia Perlman.

Sunghee Kim

Dr. Sunghee Kim received the M.S. degree in computer and information science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1999 and a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1996. She then received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include shape perception, visualization, computer vision, and human computer interaction. Learn more about Dr. Sunghee Kim.

Aruna Nookola

When Aruna Nookala (B.S., 1994) first enrolled in undergraduate classes at the University of Minnesota, she was already a wife and a mother. Even with her family responsibilities and scheduling challenges, she was able to thrive as a non-traditional student due to her determination and intelligence. Nookala has built a successful career at two of the leading companies in Minnesota (first at 3M, followed by Medtronic, and then back to 3M). She's also a strong supporter of empowering women in tech, and volunteers her time and expertise to promote STEM initiatives at 3M and serves on the board of WomenVenture. Learn more about Aruna Nookola.

Marie Manner

Dr. Marie Manner has a Ph.D. from the AI, Robotics, and Vision Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis research uses computer vision and robotics to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders in very young children. Manner has over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring mathematics at all levels, and computer science at the undergraduate level. Additionally, she has over four years of quality assurance experience in mixed manual and automated testing, waterfall and agile development methodologies, international teams, and small team leadership. Learn more about Dr. Marie Manner.

Maria Klawe

Dr. Maria Klawe (co-chair) is president of Harvey Mudd College (HMC); she serves as the fifth president and the first woman to lead the College. Prior to joining HMC, she served as Dean of Engineering and Professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics. Also, Klawe is the recipient of the Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership, was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and was inducted into the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame. Learn more about Dr. Maria Klawe.

Bonnie Holub

Dr. Bonnie Holub was the founder and director of the Artificial Intelligence/High Performance and Parallel Computing Lab in the Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was on the faculty from 1987-2004. Prior to that, Dr. Holub was an award-winning Senior Research Scientist at Honeywell Labs where she worked from 1981-95. Holub is a founder and former CEO of Adventium Labs/Adventium Enterprises, a non-profit research and development lab, focusing on the development of advanced software applications for complex systems. In just under eight years of operation, this group has booked over $27 million in research funding from a variety of government labs and industrial research organizations. She has over 30 publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings in the areas of automated prognostics and diagnostics, information fusion, and parallel computing. In 1993 the Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies selected her as the “Minnesota Young Engineer of the Year.” Learn more about Dr. Bonnie Holub.

Jasmine Jones

Dr. Jasmine Jones specializes in human-computer interaction, focusing on the study and design of embedded interactive systems in social contexts. Her prior work addresses design for value-sensitive scenarios, such as capturing family memories, communicating children’s health information, and self-tracking behaviors in recovery. She is currently an assistant professor at Berea College. Learn more about Dr. Jasmine Jones.

Charles Isbell

Dr. Charles Isbell's research passion is artificial intelligence. In particular, he focuses on applying statistical machine learning to building autonomous agents that must live and interact with large numbers of other intelligent agents, some of whom may be human. His fundamental research goal is to understand how to build autonomous agents that must live and interact with large numbers of other intelligent agents, some of whom may be human. Learn more about Dr. Charles Isbell.

Maria Gini

Dr. Maria Gini is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota with a focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. She has considerable service to the computer science artificial intelligence community and for broadening participation in computing. She was Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence SIGAI (renamed from SIGART) from 2003-2010. She is currently a member of the CRA-W board. Gini organized first the biennial MinneWIC (ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper MidWest) event in 2010, and went on to organize the event in 2012, 2015 and 2017 as well. She also initiated and runs the Summer Computing Academy at the University of Minnesota for female junior high and high school students interested in computing. Learn more about Dr. Maria Gini.

Valerie Taylor

Dr. Valerie Taylor is the Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research focuses in the area of performance analysis and modeling of parallel, scientific applications. Currently, she is focused on the areas of performance analysis, power analysis, and resiliency. Taylor is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, and has received numerous awards for distinguished research and leadership. Learn more about Dr. Valerie Taylor.

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

Amassing over 80 journal and 300 conference publications, Dr. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos specializes in robotics, computer vision, intelligent transportation systems, sensor networks, sensor-based control in transportation applications, inspection, computer engineering, and computer integrated manufacturing. He is the director of the Minnesota Robotics Institute and the McKnight Presidential Endowed professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has also received numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation. Learn more about Dr. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos.