Hendrik Van Brussel

KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Control Systems, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Hendrik Van Brussel was born on October 24, 1944 in Ieper, Belgium. He obtained the degree of technical engineer in Mechanical Engineering from Hoger Technisch Instituut in Ostend, Belgium in 1965, and a M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering and…

Reid Simmons

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Computer Science, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer Interaction, Machine Intelligence, Robot Programming Interview Synopsis In this interview, Simmons discusses his introduction to robotics during his graduate years and his start in the industry and at Carnegie Mellon. He outlines his research work and describes the difficulties in…

Vic Scheinman

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Manufacturing & Production, Mechanics Interview Synopsis Victor Scheinman was born in Georgia in 1942 and raised in New York City. He earned a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT and a M.S. and and engineers degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford. He is inventor…

Allison Okamura

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Human-computer Interaction, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Allison Okamura was born in Fontana, California. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in 1994, and her master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Currently…

Nils Nilsson

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer Interaction, Logic, Pattern Recognition, Robots Biography Nils Nilsson was born in Saginaw, Michican in 1933. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, with a specialty in information theory, from Stanford University in 1958. He then began research at SRI International…

John McCarthy

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Computing and Electronics, Machine Intelligence, Robot Programming, Robots Biography John McCarthy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 4, 1927. He earned a B.S. in mathematics at Cal Tech in 1947 and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton in 1951. A computer…

Petar Kokotovic

University of California, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics Biography Petar Kokotovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1934. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Belgrade, and his Ph.D. from the Academy of Sciences Institute in Moscow. In 1965, Kokotovic moved to the U.S. where he served as a…

Lydia Kavraki

Rice University, Texas United States Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Robots Biography Lydia Kavraki is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Originally from Greece, Kavraki studied for her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Crete, later moving to the United States to earn her…

Ray Jarvis

Monash University, Melbourne Australia Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer Interaction, Image Processing, Machine Intelligence, Machine Learning, Machine Vision, Pattern Recognition, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Ray Jarvis was born on January 9, 1941 in Rangoon, Burma. He spent his early childhood there until he moved to Australia in 1947. He completed…

Ken Goldberg

Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics Biography Ken Goldberg grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990. After graduating, Goldberg taught computer science at the University of Southern California until 1995 when…