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Designer of the World’s Most Humanlike Robots
Giving rise to genius machines with superhuman intelligence, empathy and expressiveness, Dr. David Hanson has received international acclaim for creating the world’s most humanlike robots, most notably celebrity humanoid, Sophia. Truly a renaissance man for our time, Dr. Hanson combines vast technical expertise in AI and robotics with the artistry of a sculptor, the insights of a cognitive scientist and an extraordinary vision of bringing humanoids to everything from autism treatment and caregiving to scientific research and customer service. Inspirational and engaging, he foresees a future in which caring, super-intelligent and highly social robots are part of everyday life and work, partnering with humans to create a better world. Read More >
As founder, CEO and chief designer of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Dr. Hanson leads a world-class team of roboticists, AI experts, scientists, technologists, hardware/software engineers and cognitive specialists. His company has produced many one-of-a-kind robot characters known for remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics, and interactivity. Dr. Hanson publishes regularly in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals, including SPIE, IEEE, The International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI and AI magazine. He has also been featured in numerous popular media outlets including the New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, the BBC and CNN. Called a “genius” by both PC Magazine and WIRED, he has earned awards from NASA, NSF, AAAI, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, and the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Before founding Hanson Robotics, Dr. Hanson worked as both a sculptor and technical consultant at Walt Disney Imagineering. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in film/animation/video, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in interactive arts and engineering.
Dr. Hanson has spoken at venues including IEEE, SPIE, AAAI, DARPA, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Google, Sandia Labs, UCSD and AAAS annual meeting. Delightfully interacting with Sophia and his other humanoid creations, he shares a vision of a fast-arriving future in which emotionally-connected robots are not only a part of our everyday lives and businesses, but may actually reinvent what it means to be human. Read Less ^
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"I've hosted some of the world's best-known names as coordinator of DePauw's Ubben Lecture Series, but I'm not certain any of them had the impact that David Hanson and Sophia left on our campus. Dr. Hanson is both brilliant and compelling, and has the added bonus of being a terrifically nice person. And the subject matter -- the future that is coming at us faster every day -- is fascinating. David and Sophia packed the house and audience members could be overheard talking about what they heard and learned on the way out of the venue. The program also brought some terrific media attention to the university. In 2018 it's very difficult to find a program that is captivating yet doesn't risk alienating a segment of the audience -- this is a home run. We all live in this world, and it seems we have company arriving soon -- it's a lot to ponder and an incredibly thought provoking message to present to your group."
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