Awards to our researchers LaValle, Bennis and Giunti

Steven LaValle, Mehdi Bennis and Guido Giunti received awards.

Professor Steven LaValle got the Milestone award from the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). It is the main interdisciplinary conference for robotics. This was the first time ICRA offered the award, and it was for the most impactful paper (among around 3000) published between 1997 and 2001.  Unlike the other RAS best paper awards that attempt to predict the future potential impact of a paper, this award looks back at the actual impact a paper has had (in this case 20 years). The paper Randomized kinodynamic planning introduced the Rapidly exploring Random Tree (RRT) algorithm, which has been widely used in robotics, video games, computer graphics, control systems, verification, and art. RRTs were developed by Steven M. LaValle and James J. Kuffner Jr. LaValle is now a professor at the University of Oulu and Kuffner works in Toyota Research Institute, Japan.

-I was quite surprised and felt deeply honored that our community recognized this work, which I remember was pure fun at the time, says LaValle.


Associate Professor Mehdi Bennis received the prestigious 2019 IEEE COMSOC RCC Early Achievement Award for "contribution to radio communication".

-I am honored and humbled to receive the 2019 IEEE ComSoc RCC Early Achievement Award. Deep acknowledgements to my research group ICON, collaborators, colleagues, funding agencies and IEEE-at-large, says Bennis.

Mehdi Bennis received the award in RCC meeting at ICC 2019 in Beijing. More details about the award guidelines here.


Guido Giunti, a researcher at M3S Unit, got an award by the TIVIA Tieto- ja viestintätekniikan ammattilaiset ry for his PhD thesis 3MD for Chronic Conditions: A Model for Motivational mHealth Design. Link to the dissertation here. Original release (in Finnish) here.

Last updated: 17.6.2019