Ken Goldberg PHD

Ken Goldberg is an artist and professor at UC Berkeley. He is Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the School of Information.

Goldberg received his PhD in Computer Science from CMU in 1990 and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Edinburgh University, and the Technion. From 1991-95 he taught at the University of Southern California, and in Fall 2000 was visiting faculty at MIT Media Lab.

Goldberg and his students work in two areas: Geometric Algorithms for Automation, and Networked Robots. In the first category, he develops algorithms for feeding, sorting, and fixturing industrial parts, with an emphasis on mathematically rigorous solutions that require a minimum of sensing and actuation so as to reduce costs and increase reliability. In the area of Networked Robots, Goldberg and colleagues developed the first robot publicly operable via the Internet (in 1994). He has published over 100 research papers and edited four books.

In 2004, Goldberg co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and is Founding Chair of its Advisory Board. Goldberg was named National Science Foundation Young Investigator in 1994 and NSF/Whitehouse Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1995. He is the recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award (2000), the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award (2001) and was elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.

Goldberg lives in Mill Valley with his daughter and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

More information on Goldberg’s research and teaching: More information on Goldberg’s artwork:

Books in order of publication:

The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet2000
Beyond Webcams: An Introduction to Online Robots2001
Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics V2003
Motion Planning in Medicine: Optimization and Simulation Algorithms for Image-Guided Procedures2008
Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics XII: Proceedings of the Twelfth Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics2020
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