Heartfelt congratulations to Pieter Abbeel, selected recipient of the prestigious 2022 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award "for contributions to deep learning for robotics." He will receive this award during the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Philadelphia, (PA) USA on 23-27 May 2022.
Striving to build ever-more intelligent systems, Pieter Abbeel is paving the way to the next generation of robots that can learn and improve to function outside of traditional manufacturing settings. Abbeel helped start the field of robot learning by cleverly combining learning and optimal control for hard tasks including helicopter flight, manipulating cloth, and surgical knot-tying. He then applied deep learning to robotics by incorporating aspects of reinforcement learning, imitation learning, and unsupervised learning to enable AI-powered robots that have the potential to sense and react to their environment and meaningfully reason through the consequences of their actions in real time. These robots are now playing a role in warehouse order fulfillment, logistics, and supply-chain applications critical to e-commerce.
An IEEE Fellow, Abbeel is a professor and director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.
More About the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award
The IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award was established in 2001 by the IEEE Board of Directors, and is presented for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and cash honorarium. In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: innovation or development, social value, uniqueness of concept, other technical accomplishments, and the quality of the nomination.
Past Recipients can be found HERE