Some of our work has been covered by the press over the years. Some of the more interesting and widely-disseminated pieces are collected on this page. Several of the stories here hit the news wires or the blogosphere, so there are probably other versions of them out there. I'm sure that Google can help you find them, if you're interested.
If you're a journalist interested in finding out more about our research, let me know, and we can set up a time to talk.
- St. Louis Business Journal, 14 October, 2011
- A short piece about our new PR2 robot, and a very high-level look at some of the work we're doing in the lab.
- New Scientist, 4 September, 2008
- This is a story about a tutorial that I organized with Lara Bovilsky at Ro-Man 2008 on how our experiences with fictional robots in literature and film influences how we interact with real robots.
- Science Daily, 4 August, 2008
- Doug Few, collaborator and former student in the lab, and I got interviewed about the increasing use of robots in the military. The piece is most notable for Doug's great metaphor explaining intelligence in robot systems.
- Washington University, 4 August, 2008
- This is a reworking of the Science Daily story of the same date. I've included it here only for the pity subtitle that some wag in the press office added: "The Few, the Smart, the Robots". Sigh.
- Children's Discovery Institute, 16 April, 2008
- This is a story about the brain-machine interface work that we've been doing with our collaborators in Neurological Surgery. The piece was written for the CDI, which also funded the work, so it's perhaps a bit on the glowing side.
- ZDNet, 23 March, 2007
- This is one of the pieces about Action Jackson, a robot we built to produce paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock. The original piece was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but it seems not to be available any more. There are a number of pieces like this ZDNet one, but is one of the better-written ones.
- Washington University, 20 October, 2003
- This is a piece about our winning entry into the AAAI/IJCAI 2003 Mobile Robot Competition. The goal of the robot was to "be a graduate student" at the conference: the robot starts at the front door, follows signs to the registration desk, interacts with he human there to register, navigates to a talk location, and then gives a technical talk. We borrowed a B21r from the Real World Interface booth, swapped in the hard drives from our own B21r, and did pretty well in all of the categories.
- BBC News, 20 October, 2002
- This is the first major piece about the Robot Photographer project. We were interviewed at SIGGRAPH 2002, where we were showing off the system in the Emerging Technologies track. This piece was one of the better ones about the project, and resulted in a short segment on the BBC World Service radio broadcast. It was also responsible for the project hitting the news wires, and getting the wide coverage that it did.
- Slashdot.org, 3 September, 2002
- One of several pieces on tech websites about the Robot Photographer project. This one is particularly interesting for how quickly it devolves into an argument about Linux vs. Windows, and for the defensive posts from actual photographers who didn't understand that we didn't really care about photography.