Computer Science Professor Named IEEE Fellow

Date Published: 
Thursday, November 29, 2012
  Jing Xiao, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.  She is being recognized for contributions to robot compliant motion and haptic interaction. Xiao’s core work addresses the physical interaction between a machine and objects it manipulates, which impacts the application of robotics and haptics in autonomous assembly operations, tele-operations, virtual prototyping, and virtual training of surgical operations. “I’m honored,” said Dr. Xiao.  “It’s a great sense of achievement knowing your years of work have been recognized by such a prestigious organization.  I'm also grateful for the support I have received over the years from the College and the University.  This truly is an honor for them as well.”   The IEEE Grade of Fellow is bestowed by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Dr. Xiao has made significant contributions to robot compliant motion planning involving complex contact scenarios. Her work enabled automatic robot motion through a sequence of constraining contacts to accomplish an assembly task of tight tolerance. She has also made novel contributions in simulating haptic interaction involving multiple contact regions between a rigid, articulate object, such as a tool, and a deformable object. Dr. Xiao also made unique contributions in real-time adaptive motion planning of high-degree of freedom robots in uncertain dynamic environments. Dr. Xiao received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer, information, and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her B.S. degree from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. She has played important leadership roles in the robotics research community: she served as the Program Director of the Robotics and Human Augmentation Program of the US National Science Foundation in 1998-2000 and was elected for two three-year terms (1999-2001, 2010-2012) as a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. She has also served in editorial boards and conference organizing committees of major international journals and conferences in the field of robotics. DR. Xiao has been the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte since 2008.   She becomes only the third IEEE Fellow at UNC Charlotte and the first to have spent her entire career here. About The College of Computing and Informatics  The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics.  It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Diversity in Information Technology Institute.  Active research awards currently total $35 Million. About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Fall 2012 enrollment exceeded 26,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students. About IEEE The IEEE is the world’s leading professional organization for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards.  The organization also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 400 international technical conferences each year.  If you would like to learn more about IEEE or the IEEE Fellow Program, please visit ### Media Contact: Clark G. Curtis, 704-687-7983,