12 videotapes (Reference copies). 14 digital .wmv files and .rm files (Reference copies)
(1) Description in control file; (2) name index to transcript.
Forms part of the Smithsonian Institution Videohistory Collection.
(1) VHS tapes, 22 hours; digital video files, 14 hours; (2) transcript, 217 pages
Robotics, the applied science of intelligent machines, poses significant design challenges to engineers. These interviews document the robotics development process in academic and corporate research environments.
Steven Lubar, National Museum of American History, conducted videotaped interviews with the field's practitioners at the University of Maryland at College Park; Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Odetics, Incorporated, Anaheim, California. Professors, students, technicians, and engineers explained design and development processes, and operated their robots. Interviewees included: Lung-We Tsai, Jigien Chen, Shapour Azarm, Robert Drap, Joel Slutzkey, Armen Sivaslian, Steven Corley, Erik Krotkov, Kevin Dowling, Henning Pangels, John Bares, David Wettergreen, Regis Hoffman, William Whittaker, Peter S. Tanguy, James Albus and Thomas Wheatley. Visual documentation includes laboratories, group interaction, robot components, and robots in operation.
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