Robin Murphy, Ph.D.

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Robin Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas AM University and director of the Humanitarian Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is a founding director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. She helped found the fields of disaster robotics and human-robot interaction, concentrating on developing human-centered AI for ground, air, and marine robots. Her work is captured in over 150 scientific publications including the award-winning Disaster Robotics and TED talk. Murphy has deployed robots to over 27 disasters in five countries including the 9/11 World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima, the Syrian boat refugee crisis, and Hurricane Harvey. She has co-created an online professional course Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Emergency Management reflecting the practical lessons from these disasters. Murphys contributions to disaster robotics have been recognized with the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions.