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Thursday, January 14, 2016

CMU exhibition highlighting robot locomotion opens tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Tomorrow, Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science debuts a new exhibition, Ivan Sutherland's Trojan Cockroach, at the Posner Center.

click to enlarge Ivan Sutherland rides his original "Trojan Cockroach," a six-legged hexapod walking machine. - DANIEL PILLIS
  • Daniel Pillis
  • Ivan Sutherland rides his original "Trojan Cockroach," a six-legged hexapod walking machine.
The free exhibition celebrates Sutherland's "Trojan Cockroach," a six-legged hexapod walking machine that the computer scientist developed with six CMU graduate students in the 1980s.

Sponsored by the Posner Center Internship Program, the display will focus on the origin of legged robots and their ability to replicate biological skills. In addition, the exhibit celebrates CMU's history of computer graphics. Sutherland — widely acknowledged as the father of computer graphics — will be in attendance.

A free opening reception takes place at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The Posner Center is on CMU's campus, 5000 Forbes Ave., in Oakland. For more information, call 908-902-9559 or see www.scs.cmu.edu/calendar.


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