The Robotics Medals

Celebrating the important role of women shaping the future of the world through robotics!

We celebrated our inaugural winners at a Gala at the Museum of Science in Boston on October 21, 2023.

2024 Nominations closed on December 20th 2023 and recipients will be announced at the ICRA@40 event in Rotterdam, with a red carpet formal Gala celebration hosted at MIT on October 26, 2024. Registration here.

2025 medal nominations will open this Fall, 2024.

Robotics Medal and Rising Star Award

The world’s first major prize to recognize the wide-ranging impact of female researchers for the development of robotics around the globe highlights achievements of female roboticists and other underrepresented groups, and serves to inspire future generations of female leaders, scientists, researchers, builders and more.

From established professionals to rising stars to those preparing for and pursuing technical careers in robotics, the Robotics Medal and Rising Star robotics awards are the platform to showcase the impact of these inspirational women and the impact that the technologies they are developing will have on our future.

The Robotics Medal

Annual award is presented to a female researcher for substantial achievements and contributions in the field of robotics and comes with a $50K prize.

Rising Star

Presented to an early-career professional woman making strides in research that will lead to significant impact in the field of robotics and is accompanied by a $5K prize.

Honoring our 2023 Robotics Medal and Rising Star Recipients

Our inaugural recipients, Nancy Amato and Alyssa Nicole Pierson, were announced at the ICRA 2023 conference in London and received their medals at a formal Gala at the Museum of Science on October 21st, 2023.

Dr. Nancy Amato 

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Department Head

Dr. Alyssa Nicole Pierson

Boston University

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

“The field of robotics requires the unique insights, inventiveness, and leadership of more female professionals to propel the science, engineering, and applications of this crucial discipline forward, and to inspire the ensuing wave of innovators,” says Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and member of the MassRobotics board. “The Robotics Medal signifies far more than its substantial monetary award. It symbolizes an acknowledgement and celebration of the remarkable achievements of women who not only pioneer in the field, but also inspire as role models, sparking the curiosity and ambition of the forthcoming generation of roboticists.” 
Daniela Rus, Roboticist and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT

Awards Sponsored By

Robotics Medal Endowment

MassRobotics has created an endowment and welcomes contributions to support future cash prizes for The Robotics Medal. Contact us to learn about becoming a founding underwriter of The Robotics Medal.