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Wolfram Summer School


Rob Lockhart

Summer School

Class of 2010


I graduated from NYU Film School with minors in math and computer science in 2008, which was also the first year I attended NKS summer school. Now I work on Wolfram|Alpha on the most random topics imaginable.

Project: Homogeneous 0-DOF Robots

My project will explore various control structures for homogeneous regular polygon robots with no moving parts (zero degrees of freedom) which move only by reconfiguration relative to one another. I will begin in the 2D case with hexagons, and hopefully move up to 3D, possibly with rhombic dodecahedra, in week three. Some control structures to explore:

  • Simple local rules
  • Temporary simple rules centrally altered
  • Temporary simple rules locally altered
  • Parallel central control
  • Distributed goal-state representation (giving each robot a picture of the goal state) with local hill-climbing

Favorite Four-Color Totalistic Cellular Automaton

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