Dr. Lipson is the Director of Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab (CCSL) at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research focuses on evolutionary robotics, design automation, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and creating ‘self-aware’ robots that can demonstrate some aspects of human creativity.

Talks by Hod Lipson

Programmable Matter: The Shape of Things to Come

Hod Lipson Cornell University
Learn about the future of “3D Printers” – machines that will fabricate arbitrary-shaped parts, layer by layer. Dr. Lipson will share a history of these technologies and preview a future in which we continue to gain unprecedented control over physical matter. If humans distinguish themselves from their evolutionary ancestors by making tools, then how might the ultimate tools – involving additive manufacturing – impact human culture forever? Dr. Lipson explores the science, technology and potential of programmable matter.

The Robotic Scientist: Mining experimental data for scientific laws, from cognitive robotics to computational biology

Hod Lipson Cornell University
For centuries, scientists have attempted to identify analytical laws that underlie physical phenomena in nature. Despite today’s computing power, the process of finding natural laws and their corresponding equations has resisted automation. A key challenge to finding analytic relations automatically – that is, building an autonomous robot - is defining algorithmically what makes a correlation in observed data important and insightful.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Robotics Revolution and the Future of Evolution

How will robotics change us and our lives? Will AI driven robots put us on and accelerated evolutionary path? Why would we want a more heavily robotized society? Do we have choice in the matter? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin.