Murphy chosen for Defense Science Board

Dr. Robin MurphyDr. Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been re-elected to the Defense Science Board.The U.S. Department of Defense announced the appointment of 39 new Defense Science Board members and 12 DSB senior fellows. These men and women are leaders in their fields of science, technology, industry and fields that relate directly to the department and military services. They join the previously announced DSB chairman, Paul G. Kaminski, and vice chairman, Retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles.Murphy, who joined the faculty at A&M in 2008, is best known for her work with search and rescue robots, which have been used in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as in mud slides, caved-in mines and collapsed buildings around the world.Already in 2010, Murphy has received the Motohiro Kisoi Award from the International Rescue System Institute for her outstanding academic contributions in establishing a new research field in rescue engineering. In 2009, she was named an Alpha Geek by Wired magazine, and in 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation, the first time the award has been given to an academic. She was profiled in the June 14, 2004, issue of TIME magazine as an innovator in artificial intelligence.Murphy received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Georgia Tech, where she was a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow. Her basic research focuses on artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction for unmanned systems. These efforts are/have been funded by DoE (RIM), DARPA, ONR, NASA, NSF and industry, and have led to more than 100 publications in the field, including the textbook Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press).The Defense Science Board, a federal advisory board, provides the secretary, deputy secretary and under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics with independent, informed advice and opinion on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the U.S. Department of Defense."Secretary of Defense Gates believes the DSB needs to be a professional board representing the best scientific and expert advice available to the Department of Defense," said Ashton B. Carter, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. "We are grateful to these superb individuals for their willingness to serve."The DSB was established in 1956 as a standing committee to advise top Pentagon leadership on "the needs and opportunities presented by new scientific knowledge for radically new weapons systems" and has evolved to develop and strengthen the department's research and development strategies for the 21st Century though their reports.A complete list of members can be viewed at More information on the Defense Science Board can be found at