NSF Grants CAREER Award to Jana Kosecka

Posted: March 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Darshana Patel

Jana Kosecka, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, recently won the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) faculty early career development (CAREER) award. The total value of the five-year award is $500,000.

Kosecka’s research is in computer vision and robotics. As she explains it, the goal of the research is to develop new computer vision algorithms for robotic agents, advance their visual perception capabilities, and enable their employment in more complex, dynamically changing environments. These new capabilities will advance the level of human and robot/computer interaction and can potentially supplement human navigation and planning capabilities. Eventually they may affect the way we live and age.

“The support provided by the NSF allows us to strengthen and further develop our research program,” says Kosecka. “This award is a wonderful opportunity to study some basic research questions and explore novel applications that these technologies can enable.”

NSF requires that applicants to the CAREER program hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering supported by NSF and be untenured. It also prohibits competing more than two times in the CAREER program. Kosecka competed for the second time for this award.

The CAREER program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards for new faculty members. The program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.

Jana Kosecka
Jana Kosecka with Department of Computer Science robots.
Photo by Alison Krayer

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