Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, and MIT Director of the DAF-MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. Prof. Rus' research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The key focus of her research is to develop the science and engineering of autonomy.
Prof. Rus served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and on the Defense Innovation Board. She is a senior visiting fellow at MITRE Corporation. She currently serves as a USA expert for Global Partnerships in AI, on the board of trustees of MBZUAI, on the board of directors of Mass Robotics, and on several other boards. She also served as Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT between 2019-2022.
Prof. Rus is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI and AAAS, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Engelberger Award for robotics, the IEEE RAS Pioneer award, IEEE RAS Technical award, Mass TLC Innovation Catalyst Award, and the IJCAI John McCarthy Award. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.