Hod Lipson

Mechanical Engineering

Hod Lipson is a roboticist who works in the areas of artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing. He and his students love designing and building robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even be creative.  Lipson’s research asks questions such as: Can robots ultimately design and make other robots? Can machines be curious and creative?  Will robots ever be truly self-aware? Answers to these questions can help illuminate life’s big mysteries. 

  • Postdoctoral fellow, MIT/Brandeis 1998-2001
  • Professor, Cornell University 2001-2015
  • Professor, Columbia University 2015-
  • 2014 - 3DBio Inc., Co-founder, Bioprinting
  • 2011 - Nutonian Inc., Co-founder, Eureqa
  • US National Academy of Engineering Annual Gilbreth Lecturer, 2012.
  • Forbes “Top 7 Data scientists in the world”, 2011.
  • Popular Science’s one of 25 most Awesome labs in the US, 2011.
  • Discover Magazine’s 25 most important discoveries of 2009.
  • Esquire Magazine Best & Brightest, 2007.
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2007.
  • TIME Magazine’s “Most important events of 2000”.
  • Hod Lipson and Mekba Kuran, Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead. MIT Press, 2016
  • Chattopadhyay, I., Kuchina, A., Suel, G. and Lipson H. (2013) "Inverse Gillespie: Inferring stochastic reaction mechanisms from intermittent samples". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (in press)
  • Lipson H., Kurman M., (2012) "Fabricated: The new World of 3D Printing" Wiley Press
  • Brown, E., Rodenberg, N., Amend, J., Mozeika, A., Steltz, E., Zakin, M., Lipson, H., Jaeger, H. (2010) "Universal robotic gripper based on the jamming of granular material," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (cover), Vol. 107, no. 44. .
  • Schmidt M., Lipson H. (2009) "Distilling Free-Form Natural Laws from Experimental Data," Science, Vol. 324, no. 5923, pp. 81 - 85. Try it on your own data.
  • Bongard J., Lipson H. (2007), “Automated reverse engineering of nonlinear dynamical systems", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, vol. 104,  no. 24, pp. 9943–9948
  • Bongard J., Zykov V., Lipson H. (2006), “Resilient Machines Through Continuous Self-Modeling", Science Vol. 314. no. 5802, pp. 1118 - 1121
  • Zykov V., Mytilinaios E., Adams B., Lipson H. (2005) "Self-reproducing machines", Nature Vol. 435 No. 7038, pp. 163-164 1
  • Lipson, H., Pollack J. B., (2000), "Automatic Design and Manufacture of Artificial Lifeforms", Nature 406, pp. 974-978.