Selected Experience

Google Brain, Senior Research Scientist

Mountain View, California, 2017 - present

Waymo / Google X, Senior Research Robotics Engineer

California, 2015 - 2017

Sandia National Laboratories, Senior Computer Science R&D Engineer

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2006 - 2015

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Alumna

School of Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2018

ICRA Best Paper in Service Robotics


Tom L. Popejoy Award

University of Mexico, 2015The 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, 2014

Tech Fiesta Albuquerque, Tech Talent Showcase 3rd place

Albuquerque, NM, 2013

Sandia National Laboratories Doctoral Studies Program Fellow

2012 - 2014

Young Scientist Fellow, Belgrade, Serbia


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

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

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

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Concentration in Computer Science.

Selected Academic Service

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