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March 9, 2007

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos awarded the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (3/7/2007) CSE Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos has been named one of the 2007 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship award recipients for his work in, “Robotics and Vision-Based Algorithms — Breaking New Frontiers.” He is one of six 2007 award winners to be honored by this designation and the second CSE recipient.

The University of Minnesota Graduate School selects Distinguished McKnight Professorship recipients as a way to highlight and reward the most notable faculty members at the mid-career level. The recipients are honored with the Distinguished McKnight University Professor title, which they hold for their University of Minnesota tenure, and a $100,000 grant to be spread across five years. The winners are selected based on their academic achievements, potential for future accomplishments in their field, and the extent to which their work has brought prominence to the University and a benefit to the broader community.

In addition to this honor, Papanikolopoulos also recently earned the distinction of IEEE Fellow in January. IEEE honored Papanikolopoulos with the title of Fellow for his contributions to robotics and the creation of the Scout robot. He is the sixth CSE faculty member to receive this honor.

Papanikolopoulos is the director of the Center for Distributed Robotics and the leader of the Security in Transportation Technology Research and Applications (SECTTRA) program. He earned his engineering diploma in 1987 at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece and his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 and 1992, respectfully.

Papanikolopoulos is frequently noted in media reports on the field of robotics. In 1995 he received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Award. In addition, Papanikolopoulos has authored and co-authored more than 200 publications, including journal and conference papers and book chapters, and has graduated more than 30 masters and doctoral students. He is also a featured professor in the Universitys “Driven to Discover” television commercials.

For more information about Papanikolopoulos, visit his faculty web page.