Maria Gini joined the Department of Computer Science & Engineering in 1982 as an assistant professor and was later promoted to a professor. She also served as the associate head of the department from 2005-15. Gini is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Robotics Society. She was named a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1987, was named a College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Professor in 2008, was named an IEEE Fellow in 2018, was named an ACM Fellow in 2019, and received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2019.
Gini works on decision making for autonomous agents in many application domains, ranging from swarm robotics to distributed methods for allocation of tasks, methods for robots to explore unknown environments, navigation in dense crowds, and conversational agents.
Ph.D. Graduates Richard Smith (1987); James GildeLamadrid (1990); Duane Olawsky (1990; co-advised with Michael Kac); Rajkumar Doshi (1990); Richard Roiger (1991); Steven Ratering (1992); Ashim Bose (1992); John Budenske (1993); Kurt Krebsbach (1993); Charles Sheaffer (1994); Daniel Challou (1995, co-advised by Vipin Kumar); Donald Krantz (1995); Dean Hougen (1998, co-advised with J. Slagle); Edward Sobiesk (2000); John Collins (2002); Paul Rybski (2003); Wolfgang Ketter (2007); Brett Borghetti (2008); Steven Jensen (2010); Shana Watters (2010); Maitreyi Nanjananth (2010); Touby Drew (2013); Baylor Wetzel (2014, co-advised with Wilma Koustaal); William Groves (2015); Erik Steinmetz (2016); James Parker (2016); Julio Godoy (2016); Ernesto Nunes (2017); Elizabeth Jensen (2018); Marie Manner (2018); Steven Damer (2019); Mark Valovage (2020); John Harwell (2022).