Manuela Veloso-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela Veloso

Herbert A. Simon Professor, Computer Science

Courtesy Appointment, Mechanical Engineering

Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Manuela Veloso’s long-term research goal is the effective construction of autonomous agents where cognition, perception, and action are combined to address planning, execution, and learning tasks. Her vision is that multiple intelligent robots with different sets of complementary capabilities will provide a seamless synergy of intelligence. Manuela Veloso’s research focuses on the continuous integration of reactive, deliberative planning, and control learning for teams of multiple agents acting in adversarial, dynamic, and uncertain environments. Her multiagent and multirobot research interests have been motivated by and experimented in the domain of robot soccer. Since 2009, she has been investigating indoor mobile, service, companion robots, CoBots, such that robots and humans interact in a symbiotic relationship building upon individual strengths and limitations. Veloso created and directs her CORAL overarching research lab for the research on intelligent agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn. As of 2010, she has ten PhD students and has graduated other twenty one PhD students, whose theses are available at her website She thanks her students for the compelling research that they jointly pursue.


Licenciatura, Electrical Engineering, 1980, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

M.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1984, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

M.A., Computer Science, 1986, Boston University, Boston

Ph.D., Computer Science, 1992, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Selected Publications

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