I'm now The Gabel Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
at the University of Pennsylvania.
- GRASP Laboratory
- 3330 Walnut Street
- Levine Hall, 4th Floor
- Philadelphia, PA 19104
Selected Popular Media Coverage
MEMS based control of structural instability at PARC
- (My thesis work at Stanford)
Polypod : Locomotion With a Unit Modular Reconfigurable Robot
- Force feedback glove device and tactile feedback glove
device for virtual reality applications with
Virtual Technologies Inc.
We won the 1997 Innovation of the Year by Computer Graphics World (for
CyberGrasp), and the 1996
CyberEdge Journal Virtual Reality Product of the Year, in the
hardware category. (for CyberTouch)
Technology Review Magazine
TR100 Young Innovators award and
Modular Robotics features:
Smart Matter Buckling work at PARC features:
"Changing Gears", Monuah Janah, Red Herring Magazine
- "Shape-Shifting Robots", Geoff Burchfield, Quantum ABC Television (Australia)
August 17, 2000
- "Robot Watch: Hey PolyBot over here!", Fanella Saunders, Discover Magazine
- "Shape-Shifting Robots from Xerox", Daniel Sorid, New York Times
March 9, 2000
"Cutting Edge" by Jack P. Smith, ABC World News Tonight with
Peter Jennings, November 12, 1999
"The Shape of Things to Come", by Elisabeth Weise, USA Today, September
"@discovery.ca", by Alix MacDonald, producer, Discovery Channel Canada,
May 13, 1999
"Robots to the Rescue", by Jane Black, BBC News Online, Sci Tech.
April 10, 1999
"Mobots to the Rescue", by Bob Buderi, UPSIDE Magazine Today,
March 12, 1999
"Smaller Pieces, Smarter
Robots", by Bob Sullivan, MSNBC
November 27, 1998
Famous folks I've presented my work to:
"High Tech Push to Make Small More Beautiful", John Markoff,
(front page) New York Times, Jan. 27, 1997
"Solutions" by Jack P. Smith, ABC World News Tonight
July 29, 1997
(someday I'll put pictures up.)
- Newt Gingrich (Former Speaker of the House)
- Neal Lane ((Former NSF director) White House Science advisor
- Rick Thoman (Former CEO of Xerox)
- William Shatner (Former captain of the Enterprise)
- Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury cartoonist)
- Robert Altman (Movie Director "M*A*S*H", "Nashville", "The Player" +50 others)
- Complaining about homeownership (something new for me).
- Helping my wife raise two boys. Over the years we have
made some foam-based Halloween costumes: a train, a railroad crossing,
the Hubble Space Telescope (62k gif), a
Space Shuttle (64k gif), a
T-Rex1 (82k jpg),
T-Rex2 (83k jpg) and
Charizard (92k jpg). Several of these
costumes have won prizes.
- Boy Scout activities like camping etc.
- Not much time for anything else...
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