First-year-PhD student Zak Kingston has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship to pursue his research in motion planning in robots. Kingston works under the direction of Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science Lydia Kavraki. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct research at an accredited U.S. institution of graduate education of their choice.
In addition, two other first-year PhD students received Honorable Mention for their NSF Graduate Fellowship proposals.
Andrew Wells is advised by Kavraki, and Jeff Dudek works under the direction of Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Engineering at Rice University.