MassRobotics, a public-private nonprofit dedicated to growing Massachusetts' robotics ecosystem, is calling for nominations for its new annual award. It will be presented to a female researcher who has made substantial contributions to robotics.
The name of the award is the Robotics Medal. Along with the recognition, the recipient will receive $50,000.
The purpose of The Robotics Medal is to inspire and encourage women and other underrepresented groups to take part in shaping the future of the world through robotics, according to the organization.
“Robotics is in need of more female researchers, inventors, thinkers, and leaders to move forward the science, engineering and applications of this important field, and to inspire the next generation of roboticists,” said Daniela Rus, roboticist and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.
“The Robotics Medal means more than its generous cash prize and resources at MassRobotics,” Rus added. “It reflects the powerful contributions women have made, are making, and will make to this important, vibrant and growing industry.”
Winner will have access to MassRobotics' network
The Robotics Medal recipient will be named a MassRobotics Fellow and gain access to manufacturing and robotics expertise through the MassRobotics network, along with access to robotics labs and office space at MassRobotics in Boston. At the facility, the winner will have access to prototyping facilities including 3D printers, CNC, laser-cutter and robots from companies such as Mitsubishi, Universal, ABB, MiR, FANUC, and others.
“It’s time to start more widely encouraging, recognizing, and supporting women in robotics,” said Joyce Sidopoulos, cofounder of MassRobotics. “MassRobotics is proud to have created this award and fellowship to honor and support a female researcher who is making a substantial contribution to the field of robotics.”
The Robotics Medal recipient will be selected by MassRobotics, which will convene a selection committee of robotics experts from around the globe to help determine the winner. Candidates will be evaluated on significance, depth and originality of technical contribution they have made in the overall field of robotics.
Nominations for The Robotics Medal must be submitted using the online nomination form by 11:59PM EDT on July 15. Contact email@example.com with questions about the award or the application process.
MassRobotics has created an endowment and welcomes contributions to support future cash prizes for The Robotics Medal. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about becoming a founding underwriter of The Robotics Medal.
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