MacArthur Fellows Program

Daniela Rus

Computer Scientist and Roboticist | Class of 2002

Building innovative devices ranging from abstract information processors to self-reconfiguring robots.

Computer Scientist and Roboticist
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
39 at time of award
Published September 25, 2002

About Daniela's Work

Daniela Rus is a young computer scientist and roboticist whose research extends from abstract aspects of information processing to practical implementation of self-reconfigurable robots (which have multiple subunits and are able to adjust their spatial interconnections dynamically according to function of the device and in response to constraints of the environment). Rus has not only developed algorithms for coordinating the subunit interactions, she has also demonstrated that they work in functioning mechanical devices. Viable self-reconfigurable machines could be used in many situations where the possible obstacles and constraints on movement could not ever be fully anticipated in preprogrammed control software (e.g., deep sea or planetary exploration). Although her work on self-reconfiguring robots readily captures the popular imagination, Rus’s research extends deeply into other aspects of robotics, such as distributed manipulation control systems, and into computer science, such as information capture and organization. She has demonstrated a capacity to move effortlessly among the most challenging issues in the theory and application of computer science and robotics.


Daniela Rus received her Ph.D. (1992) from Cornell University. She is currently an associate professor at Dartmouth College and directs the Dartmouth Robotics Laboratory, which she founded in 1994. Rus also co-founded (1995) and co-directs the Dartmouth Transportable Agents Laboratory. She has received an NSF Career Award (1996), the Honda Initiation Award (1999), and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1998).

Select News Coverage of Daniela Rus
December 27, 2016
"Four Questions For: Daniela Rus"
Daniela Rus , 2002 MacArthur Fellow
June 5, 2016
"Take Two Robots and Call Me in the Morning"
The Boston Globe
Daniela Rus , 2002 MacArthur Fellow
May 12, 2016
"Ingestible Origami Robot"
MIT News
Daniela Rus , 2002 MacArthur Fellow
October 3, 2013
"Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots"
MIT News
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