Hadas Kress-Gazit, professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the most difficult and prestigious professional societies in which to be selected as a fellow. She was selected for this honor for her contributions to automated control synthesis and formal methods for robotics.
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.
Kress-Gazit’s research focuses on formal methods for robotics, and more specifically on synthesis for robotics - automatically creating verifiable robot controllers for complex high-level tasks. Her group explores different types of robotic systems including modular robots, soft robots, and swarms, and synthesizes ideas from robotics, formal methods, control, hybrid systems, and human-robot interaction to create robots that either perform tasks as expected or explain why they cannot.
Becoming an IEEE Fellow adds to a number of awards Kress-Gazit has received during her career, most recently she was named to Women in Robotics “30 women in robotics you need to know about,” received the Outstanding Research Award from the College of Engineering, and was promoted to full Professor in the Sibley School. She also received the NSF CAREER award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, an Early Career Spotlight from Robotics: Science and Systems, and a number of teaching awards from the College of Engineering. Kress-Gazit is also the President of the Board for the Robotics: Science and Systems Foundation.
Kress-Gazit joined the Sibley School in 2009 and has since become a leader within the department and the broader robotics community. She chaired Cornell's bi-College (COE and CIS) strategic planning effort that led to, among other things, the 5-field Robotics Ph.D. program and further engagement with industry. Outside Cornell, Kress-Gazit has chaired several large conferences, served as associate editor or on the editorial board of Annual Review and IEEE journals. She has also been a widely recognized champion of broadening participation in robotics and engineering and general.
After receiving her Bachelor’s from Technion, Kress-Gazit pursued her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.