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Goergen Institute for Data Science & NYS CoE Seminar Series: Hod Lipson

October 14, 2015
Goergen 101

Goergen Institute for Data Science and the NYS Center of Excellence Seminar Series

The Robotic Scientist: Automating discovery, from cognitive robotics to computational biology

Hod Lipson, professor of engineering at Columbia University

ABSTRACT: Can robots discover scientific laws automatically? Despite the prevalence of computing power, the process of finding natural laws and their corresponding equations has resisted automation. This talk will outline a series of recent research projects, starting with self-reflecting robotic systems, and ending with machines that can formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret the results, to discover new scientific laws. We will see examples from psychology to cosmology, from classical physics to modern physics, from big science to small science.

See Schmidt M., Lipson H. "Distilling Free-Form Natural Laws from Experimental Data," Science, Vol. 324, no. 5923, pp. 81 - 85. 

BIO: Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Columbia University in New York City, and a co-author of the award-winning bestseller “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit

WHERE: Goergen 101 (River Campus)

WHEN: 4:50 - 5:00 Reception | 5:00 - 6:00 Talk

Category: Talks