Robot photographer debuts at the Ritz

    Bill Smart (PhD '02) and Cindy Grimm (PhD '96) Make the News

    From the October 27, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

    "Meet Lewis, the world's first robotic photographer, a machine that may take pictures better than you do. The 300-pound, trash-can-sized robot rolls around a room, detects faces and takes photographs based on classic composition rules. Lewis debuted Sunday night in St. Louis at a conference sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. 'You can think of it as a computer on wheels,' said Bill Smart, an assistant professor in computer science at Washington University. He created the robot with his wife, Cindy Grimm, a fellow assistant professor in the department. ... Smart and Grimm didn't set out to build the perfect automated photographer. The project was simply a good way to meld Grimm's work in modeling and computer graphics with Smart's research in robotic navigation and artificial intelligence."

    For more on Lewis, see Brown CS's newsletter conduit!, vol. 11, no. 2, in press at this very moment and due out next week!