About ACM Athena Lecturer Award

This award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science.  Each year ACM honors a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. The recipient gives an invited talk at a major ACM conference of her choice. A video of the talk is made available on the ACM website.  The award carries a cash prize of $25,000.  Financial support for the Athena Lecturer Award is provided by Google.


Recent Athena Lecturer Award News

ACM Names Lydia Kavraki 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Lydia E. Kavraki of Rice University as the 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer. Kavraki was cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine.

2017 ACM Athena Lecturer Lydia Kavraki