Hans Moravec

July 11, 2009

Hans Moravec is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Seegrid Corporation.

He is a former Research Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Lab at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His academic work has been funded by numerous government agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Hans is the author of two books, Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence and Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, that explore the implications of evolving robot intelligence.

Hans has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in computer science from University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Acadia University.

He has been thinking about machines thinking since he was a child in the 1950s, building his first robot, a construct of tin cans, batteries, lights and a motor, at age ten. In high school he won two science fair prizes for a light-following electronic turtle and a tape-controlled robot hand. As an undergraduate he designed a computer to control fancier robots, and experimented with learning and automatic programming on commercial machines.

During his master’s work he built a small robot with whiskers and photoelectric eyes controlled by a minicomputer, and wrote a thesis on a computer language for artificial intelligence. He received a PhD from Stanford University in 1980 for a TV-equipped robot, remote controlled by a large computer, that negotiated cluttered obstacle courses, taking about five hours. Since 1980 his Mobile Robot Lab at CMU has discovered more effective approaches for robot spatial representation, notably 3D occupancy grids, that, with newly available computer power, promise commercial free-ranging mobile robots within a decade.

He has published many papers and articles in robotics, computer graphics, multiprocessors, space travel and other speculative areas.

See essays by this author:
Letter from Hans Moravec
Ripples and Puddles
Robots, Re-Evolving Mind
Singularity Math Trialogue
The Senses Have No Future
See blog posts by this author:
Watson and the future of AI
See selected books by this author:
Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence
Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind