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 Two Sigma.


Recent Athena Lecturer Award News

ACM Names Maja Matarić 2024-2025 Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Maja Matarić, the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, as the 2024-2025 ACM Athena Lecturer. Matarić is recognized for pioneering the field of socially assistive robotics, including groundbreaking research, evaluation, and technology transfer, and foundational work in multi-robot coordination and human-robot interaction. Matarić is also the founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and a Principal Scientist at Google DeepMind.

2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer Maja Matarić

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