USF robotics professor named AUVSI Foundation’s 2008 "Outstanding Contributor"

TAMPA, Fla. (Jun. 12, 2008) – The University of South Florida’s Robin Murphy is being recognized for her outstanding work in robotics. A professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Institute for Safety Security Rescue Technology, Murphy is receiving the “Al Aube Outstanding Contributor of the Year” award at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2008 Conference awards luncheon being held today in San Diego.

The “Al Aube Outstanding Contributor Award” is conferred annually on an AUVSI member who plays a pivotal role in the advancement of unmanned vehicle systems, and is a leader in the industry and dedicated to the promotion of unmanned technologies. According to AUVSI, the award also recognizes the promotion of “innovative ideas” and the creation of new concepts “by outstanding individuals working to advance the unmanned systems industry.”

“This is a major award and I am quite honored,” said Murphy, the first recipient of the award working in academia.  “The award is an affirmation of what we've been trying to do for the past 10 years with ground, air and sea robots – to do the good research but also to work with industry and agencies to get the research results used at disasters, and even to prevent disasters.”

Among the estimated 3,000 attendees at the 2008 AUVSI conference, over 300 industries and federal agencies are represented.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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