- Artificial intelligence as applied to emergency informatics, especially tactical land, sea, and air vehicles
- Human-robot interaction
- Heterogeneous teams
- Victim management
- Perceptual directed behavior-based control
Awards & Honors
- IEEE Fellow
- Fast Company's Most Influential Women of 2011
- Alpha Geek in Wired (17.07)
- AUVSI Foundation Al Aube Outstanding Contributor Award
- CMU Field Robotics Institute "Pioneer in Field Robotics"
- TIME Magazine, Innovators in Artificial Intelligence
- US Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award for distinguished service on the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, 2005
- NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture, "Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue from 9/11 to Now: Where's the IT?" Nov. 11, 2002 (This lecture is given by scientists of the highest caliber and has been compared to the Turing Award lectures for NSF.)
- Eagle Award, National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue, 2001 (This is the highest award given and recognizes leadership in some aspect of search and rescue; in this case for role in introducing ground robots at the World Trade Center disaster.)
- IEEE Distinguished Visitor, IEEE Computer Society, 2001-2002
- Nils Nilsson Technical Achievement Award, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, 2000
- Minority Engineering Program Outstanding Faculty Award, Colorado School of Mines Minority Engineering Program, 1997-8
- Defense Science Study Group, Institute for Defense Analyses, DoD, 1998-1999
- "Colorado Institute Equity Excellence Award," Colorado Institute for Gender Equity, 1997
- Ph.D. Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1992
- M.S. Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989
- B.M.E. Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980
R. R. Murphy and J. L. Burke, "The Safe Human-Robot Ratio (Chapter 3)," in Human-Robot Interactions in Future Military Operations, F. J. M. Barnes, Ed., ed: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 31-49.
R. R. Murphy, S. Tadokoro, D. Nardi, A. Jacoff, P. Fiorini, and A. Erkmen, "Rescue Robotics (chapter)," in Handbook of Robotics, B. Sciliano and O. Khatib, Eds., ed: Springer-Verlag, 2008, pp. 1151-1174.
R. R. Murphy and R. Shoureshi, Eds., Emerging Mining Communication and Mine Rescue Technologies (study). Mine Safety and Health Administration, 2008, p.^pp. Pages.
J. Riley, R. R. Murphy, and E. Endsley, "Situation Awareness in the Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Chapter)," in Human Factors for Remotely Operated Vehicles. vol. 7, N. Cooke, H. Pringle, H. Pedersen, and O. Connor, Eds., ed: Elsevier, 2006, pp. 359-371.
R. R. Murphy, "Marsupial Robots (Chapter)," in Robot Teams, T. Balch and L. Parker, Eds., ed: AK Peters, 2002, pp. 271-290.
J. Capser, M. Micire, J. Hyams, and R. Murphy, "A Case Study of How Mobile Robot Competitions Promote Research (Chapter)," in RoboCup 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V, A. Birk, S. Coradeschi, and S. Tadokoro, Eds., ed: Springer-Verlag, 2002, pp. 123-132.
J. Blitch, R. Murphy, and T. Durkin, "Mobile Semiautonomous Robots for Urban Search and Rescue (Chapter)," in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. vol. 72, Allen Kent, J. G., and Williams, Eds., ed: CRC Press, 2002, pp. 261-275.
R. R. Murphy, J. Casper, and M. Micire, Eds., "Potential Tasks and Research Issues of Mobile Robots in RoboCup Rescue (Chapter)," RoboCup-2000: Robot Soccer World Cup IV. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2001, p.^pp. Pages.
R. R. Murphy, Ed., "Fuzzy Logic for Fusion of Tactical Influences on Vehicle Speed Control (Chapter)," Fuzzy logic techniques for autonomous vehicle navigation. 2001, p.^pp. Pages.
R. R. Murphy, Introduction to AI Robotics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.