Hod Lipson

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Hod Lipson
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Robotics, Mechanical Engineering
Institutions Brandeis University, MIT, Cornell
Alma mater Technion
Known for Fab@Home, Self aware robots, self replicating robots

Hod Lipson is an American robotics engineer. He is the director of Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab (CCML), formerly known as Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL), at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Lipson's work focuses on evolutionary robotics, design automation, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and creating machines that can demonstrate some aspects of human creativity.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Lipson received his Mechanical Engineering PhD in 1998 from Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty of Cornell in 2001, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University's Computer Science Department and a Lecturer at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department.[2]

Research[edit]

Lipson has been involved with machine learning and presented his "self-aware" robot at the 2007 TED conference. [3]

Beginning in 2009, he and his Cornell University graduate student Michael Schmidt developed software named Eureqa[4] capable of deriving equations, mathematical relationships and laws of nature from sets of data: for instance, deriving Newton's second law of motion from a data set of positions and velocities of a double pendulum.[5][6] In 2011, it was reported that Eureqa had succeeded at a much more complex task: re-deriving seven equations describing how levels of various chemical compounds fluctuate in oxygen-deprived yeast cells.[7]

Lipson has been involved with teams that have created a number of machines including:

  • Fab@Home fabbers—low cost "3-d printers"[8][9]
  • Self replicating robots—simple structures capable of reproducing themselves given the appropriate parts.[10]
  • "self aware robots"—machines capable of compensating for damage that would otherwise impede movement.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OBrien, Sean (19 November 2008). "The Scientist: Hod Lipson". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Hod Lipson". Cornell Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  3. ^ TED2007. "Hod Lipson builds "self-aware" robots | Video on". Ted.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Eureqa | Cornell Creative Machines Lab". Creativemachines.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ The New York Times "Hal, Call Your Office: Computers That Act Like Physicists " By Kenneth Chang Published: April 2, 2009
  6. ^ Keim, Brandon (2009-12-03). "Download Your Own Robot Scientist | Wired Science". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Software Scientist | Technology". Science News. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  8. ^ Ward, Logan (November 2007). "Fab at Home, Open-Source 3D Printer, Lets Users Make Anything". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  9. ^ Binns, Corey (10 May 2007). "The Desktop Factory". popsci.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  10. ^ Steele, Bill (11 May 2005). "Simple but seminal: Cornell researchers build a robot that can reproduce". Cornell News Service. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  11. ^ Bongard, Josh; Victor Zykov, Hod Lipson (21 November 2006). "Robotic Introspection: Self Modeling". Cornell CCSL. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

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