M. Bernardine Dias is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary affiliation is with the Field Robotics Center. She was also formally affiliated with the Computer Science department at Carnegie Mellon Qatar where she still leads several research efforts through the Qri8 Lab which she co-founded and co-directs. She teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dias earned her B.A. from Hamilton College, Clinton NY, with a dual concentration in Physics and Computer Science and a minor in Women's Studies in 1998, followed by a M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Her principal research objective is to explore the different ways in which we can create computing technology to be culturally appropriate and accessible to underserved communities. She founded and directs the TechBridgeWorld research group that enables technology research relevant to, and in partnership with, underserved communities throughout the globe.
Dias is also a leading researcher in autonomous team coordination. Her doctoral dissertation developed the "TraderBots" framework for market-based multirobot coordination in dynamic environments. Her current work in this area explores human-robot teams working under dynamic conditions to achieve complex goals.
She also has a strong interest in encouraging women in computing and in science, and is a founding member of, and faculty advisor to grduate women@SCS. Dias also founded and runs a technology consulting company, Diyunu Consulting LLC, since October 2012.