June 28, 2001
WHAT: The new Steven Spielberg film, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," dramatizes the creation of a child-like robot who can dream, feel and love. That's the Hollywood version of artificial intelligence. In truth, scientists are far from building a human robot, according to engineers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, who has done pioneering work in both robotics and artificial intelligence. If reporters want an inside view of this research, NJIT professors are available for interviews; photographers are also welcome.
WHO: Michael Recce, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, and director of NJIT's robotics lab, where researchers have built an array of robots whose artificial intelligence is based on the study of animal physiology. Recce, a former engineer for the Intel Corporation, is also working on the development of a smart gun -- a gun programmed with artificial intelligence to fire only for its owner by hand recognition. Richard Foulds, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, specializes in machine recognition of human gesture, as well as human/machine interaction. Nirwan Ansari, PH.D., professor of electrical and computing engineering, has done research in computational intelligence as well as artificial neurological networks.
WHEN: Telephone and live interviews through July 15.
WHERE: Neural Computation and Robotics Laboratory, Guttenberg Information Technology Center, the NJIT campus. Call for interviews, parking and directions.
NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.