April 26 – David Hanson

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Dr. David Hanson creates androids-humanlike robots with intelligence and feelings. Via integrated research in cognitive A.I., material science, sculpture and animation, expressive robotic faces and walking robot bodies, Hanson strives to bring robots to life, literally.

The walking, animated, conversational robots resulting from Hanson’s efforts were called “genius” by WIRED and PC magazine, and appeared in National Geographic, Popular Science, BBC, Science, among others. A former Disney Imagineer, Hanson received awards from NASA, NSF, AAAI, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, several best poster and paper awards. Hanson invented or co-invented numerous technologies, including lipid-bilayer nanotech simulating skin, expressive face mechanisms, and neurocognitive-inspired software systems for A.I. He published over 32 peer-reviewed papers with IEEE, Science, Springer, Cog Sci, AAAI, SPIE, chapters in 4 books, and coauthored a book with JPL senior scientist Yoseph Bar-Cohen.

As an artist, Hanson exhibited at the Cooper Hewwit, Tokyo Modern, Reina Sofia, and many other museums and galleries, as well as the Atlantis Resort, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, and Disneyworld, with reviews in the New York Times, L.A. Times, and others. Hanson received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas and film BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Hanson founded Hanson Robotics and RoboKind to pursue character robot research and applications, releasing numerous products for science research and an upcoming consumer product. Ultimately, Hanson strives to help realize Genius Machines-machines with greater than human intelligence, creativity, wisdom, and compassion.

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