Dr. Monica Nicolescu is a Professor with the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the Director of the UNR Robotics Research Lab. Dr. Nicolescu earned her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (2003) at the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems. She obtained her MS degree in Computer Science from USC (1999) and a BS in Computer Science at the Polytechnic University Bucharest (Romania, 1995). Her research interests are in the areas of human-robot interaction, robot control, learning, and multi-robot systems. Dr. Nicolescu’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Laboratory, the Department of Energy and Nevada Nanotech Systems. In 2006 she was a recipient of the NSF Early Career Development Award (CAREER) Award for her work on robot learning by demonstration.