Maria Gini is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in Artificial Intelligence and robotics, in particular robot planning, navigation in unknown environments, coordinated behaviors of autonomous robots, search and rescue applications, and economic agents.
She is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Distinguished Professor of the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, and the winner of numerous awards at the University of Minnesota, including the Distinguished Women Scholars Award, and the Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
She is currently the chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART) and a member of the board of the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems society. She is on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Autonomous Robots, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, and Web Intelligence and Agent Systems.