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Microsoft Research awards Josh Bongard prestigious 2007 New Faculty Fellowship

Release Date: 04-26-2007

Author: Dawn Densmore

Joshua BongardComputer science professor Josh Bongard has received the prestigious and highly competitive 2007 Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. As part of this fellowship award, Bongard received $200,000 on May 7, 2007, from Microsoft for his robotics research.

Only five such awards are given nationwide. Microsoft expressed their enthusiasm about Bongard's research with self-healing robots. "We are very excited by the potential of Bongard's work to have a broad impact, and look forward to having an ongoing and deep collaboration between him and Microsoft Research," said Harold Javid, Program Manager for External Research & Programs, the arm of Microsoft Research that works most closely with the worldwide academic research community.

"Josh Bongard's research accomplishments add to those of other talented professionals on our faculty," said Domenico Grasso, Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS).

On receiving the news, Bongard said he was stunned. "The award is a true honor because nominations are submitted from a wide range of universities in both North America and Canada."

Bongard's areas of expertise are evolutionary robotics, evolutionary computation, and physical simulation. Funding will be used by Bongard in his efforts to create robots that can perform simple tasks in the home, such as cleaning, moving, organizing, and building simple structures.

For more information, please contact Dr. Josh Bongard (; 802-656-4665 or 802-578-4445).