Lydia Tapia


Phone: 505.277.0858
Fax: 505.277.6927

Physical Address

Room 3400B
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Professor and Department Chair

Department of Computer Science

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Computer Science, Texas A&M University, 2009

BS, Computer Science, Tulane University, 1998


Lydia Tapia is a Professor and the Department Chair of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. Her research contributions are focused on the development of computationally efficient algorithms for the simulation and analysis of high-dimensional motions for robots and molecules. Specifically, she explores problems in computational structural biology, motion under stochastic uncertainty, and reinforcement learning. Lydia is the recipient of the 2016 Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute, a 2016 NSF CAREER Award for her work on simulating molecular assembly, and the 2017 Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) Borg Early Career Award.

Teaching Interests

  • Motion Planning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Databases

Research Interests

  • Robotic Motion Planning
  • Computational Biology
  • Machine Learning

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