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Hod Lipson

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Hod Lipson
Hod Lipson in 2013
Born1967 (age 56–57)
Haifa, Israel[1]
NationalityAmerican, Israeli
Alma materTechnion (B.Sc. 1989, Ph.D. 1998)
Known forFab@Home, Self aware robots, self replicating robots
Scientific career
FieldsRobotics, Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical Engineering
InstitutionsMIT, Brandeis University, Cornell, Columbia
Doctoral advisorMoshe Shpitalni

Hod Lipson (born 1967) is an Israeli - American robotics engineer. He is the director of Columbia University's Creative Machines Lab. Lipson's work focuses on evolutionary robotics, design automation, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and creating machines that can demonstrate some aspects of human creativity.[2][3] His publications have been cited more than 43,000 times, and he has an h-index of 86, as of 12 April 2023.[4] Lipson is interviewed in the 2018 documentary on artificial intelligence Do You Trust This Computer?


Lipson received B.Sc. (1989) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology.[5] Before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 2015, he was a professor at Cornell University for 14 years. Prior to Cornell, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brandeis University, and a lecturer at MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department.[3]


Lipson has been involved with machine learning and presented his "self-aware" robot at the 2007 TED conference.[6]

Beginning in 2009, he and his Cornell University graduate student Michael Schmidt developed a software named Eureqa[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10]

In research on robotic self-awareness he advocates "self-simulation" as preliminary stage.[11]

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


  1. ^ "Hod Lipson: Books, Biogs". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-10. Hod Lipson (1967-) was born in Haifa, Israel
  2. ^ OBrien, Sean (19 November 2008). "The Scientist: Hod Lipson". The Cornell Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Hod Lipson". Cornell Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  4. ^ "Hod Lipson – Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  5. ^ "Hod Lipson: CV" (PDF). Cornell Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  6. ^ TED2007. "Hod Lipson builds "self-aware" robots". Ted.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Eureqa | Cornell Creative Machines Lab". Creativemachines.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  8. ^ The New York Times "Hal, Call Your Office: Computers That Act Like Physicists " By Kenneth Chang Published: April 2, 2009
  9. ^ Keim, Brandon (2009-12-03). "Download Your Own Robot Scientist | Wired Science". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  10. ^ "Software Scientist | Technology". Science News. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  11. ^ John Pavlus (2019-07-09). "Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware Machines". Quanta Magazine. Archived from the original on 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  12. ^ Ward, Logan (November 2007). "Fab at Home, Open-Source 3D Printer, Lets Users Make Anything". Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  13. ^ Binns, Corey (10 May 2007). "The Desktop Factory". popsci.com. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  14. ^ Steele, Bill (11 May 2005). "Simple but seminal: Cornell researchers build a robot that can reproduce". Cornell News Service. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  15. ^ Bongard, Josh; Victor Zykov; Hod Lipson (21 November 2006). "Robotic Introspection: Self Modeling". Cornell CCSL. Retrieved 2008-12-25.

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