Aleksandra Faust, Ph.D.

Senior Research Robotics Engineer

aleksandrafaust <at> gmail.com


Associate Vice President, IEEE Robotics Automation Society (RAS) Members Activities Board

Young Professionals Co-Chair, IEEE RAS

Associate Editor - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

Workshop organizer:

Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop, Lead organizer

Co-organizer - Becoming a Robot Guru Workshop 2 at RSS, Ann Arbor, MI


Co-organizer of “Becoming a Robot Guru, a workshop on boardening participation in robotics,“ IEEE International Conference on Robotics Automation (ICRA), Seattle, WA


Co-organizer of “Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop, “ IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Chicago, IL


Program committee:

Machine Learning in Robot Motion Planning Workshop at IROS
Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) Robotics Track
International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)
Workshop PC Member - Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)
Autonomous Robots and Multirobot Systems (ARMS) Workshop at the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)



Journal reviewer:

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)

International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)

Robotica journal

Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control


Conference Reviewer:

ICRA, IROS, ICLR, CDC, MRS, ISRR, WAFR, NIPS, CoRL

Selected Academic Service

2018-present



2018-present


2018



2015, 2018


2016


2015



2016




2018

2015, 2018

2018

2018

2017, 2018

2016​

2016

2015



2011-present

2018


2018


2015



2014



2013


2012 - 2014


1992 - 1996

Distinguished Alumni, School of Engineering, University of New Mexico


ICRA Best Paper in Service Robotics


Tom L. Popejoy Award, University of Mexico, the best doctoral dissertation in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science in the period 2011-2014 


Outstanding Graduate Student in Computer Science Award, University of New Mexico School of Engineering

Tech Fiesta Albuquerque, Tech Talent Showcase 3rd place, Albuquerque, NM

Sandia National Laboratories Doctoral Studies Program Fellow

Young Scientist Fellow, Belgrade, Serbia

Ph.D. in Computer Science (with distinction), University of New Mexico,  Albuquerque, NM

GPA  4.00 / 4.00

  • Dissertation Title: “Reinforcement Learning and Planning for Preference Balancing Tasks," Advisor: Lydia Tapia


Associate’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Master of Computer Science , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

GPA 3.89 / 4.00 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, concentration in Computer Science, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, GPA 3.82/4.00

Google Brain, Mountain View, California
Senior Researcher


Waymo / Google X, Mountain View, California

Senior Research Robotics Engineer


Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Senior Computer Science R&D Engineer


MDC, Southfield, Michigan
Business Analyst

Delphi, Troy, Michigan
Technical Lead


Edcor, Pontiac, Michigan
Software Engineer

A. Raymond, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Software Engineer

Silvercube, Inc., Rochester, Michigan
Internet Programmer

Honors and Awards

Education

2017 - Present


2015 - 2017



2006 - 2015



2005



2002 - 2004



2002



2001 - 2002



2000 - 2001

Experience