UNESCO Arts, Science & Technology

Kenneth Goldberg
The University of California at Berkeley

Goldberg did undergrad work at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He taught Computer Science at the University of Southern California until 1995 when He moved to UC Berkeley. He currently studies robotics and industrial automation. Currently his work involves the development of algorithms for feeding, sorting, and fixturing industrial parts. They are interested in mathematically rigorous solutions that require a minimum of sensing and actuation so as to reduce costs and increase reliability. In 1994, Goldberg developed the first telerobot on the Internet. More on their research can be found on the Alpha lab page. Goldberg won the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship <pff-article.html> in 1995, the Joseph Engelberger Award in 2000, and the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award in 2001.

In 1997, Goldberg cofounded the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium at Berkeley. His artwork has been included in a number of exhibits, including the Interactive Media Festival, Ars Electronica, the Walker Art Center, ICC Biennale in Tokyo, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Biennial 2000. He has taught or had visiting positions at MIT Media Lab, Pasadena Art Center, San Francisco Art Institute, and USC. Goldberg now lives in San Francisco with his wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.