Ken Goldberg

Roboticist
Ken Goldberg works reflect the intersection of robotics, social media, and art.

Why you should listen

Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media at UC Berkeley and holds a position at UC San Francisco Medical School where he researches medical applications for robotics. Born in Nigeria and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ken hold degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is widely recognized as an engineer, a teacher, and an artist – receiving the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award in 2001, and Isadora Duncan Award in 2006 for his Ballet Mori project, performed by the San Francisco Ballet. His works have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York City, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Ars Electronica in Linz. His book, The Robot in the Garden, was published in March of 2000 by the MIT Press.

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