Robin Murphy


Robin Murphy


Robin Roberson Murphy is an American computer scientist and roboticist known for founding the field of rescue robotics.

She was raised in Georgia and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980. After working in the process safety industry, she returned to Georgia Tech for a masters in 1988 and a PhD in 1992, the first person to graduate from Georgia Tech with a PhD in robotics. She was an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Mines, then an associate professor at the University of South Florida, and became a full professor in 2003. In 2008 she moved to Texas A&M University.

After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Murphy began researching disaster robotics and became the director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue from 2002 to 2018, and is currently the Vice-President. The first major use of the technology was during 9/11, and it has been used in 27 major disasters since. These include Hurricane Katrina, the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear accident, the Tōhoku tsunami, the Syrian Boat Refugee crisis, and Hurricane Harvey.

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