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Hod Lipson


242 Upson Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501, USA
(607) 592 4383 (Cell)
(607) 254- 8940 (Lab)

Meetings: Walk-in or by appointment (see calendar)

  • I am moving to Columbia University in NYC in July 1st, 2015
  • Join my group in our quest to create next generation robots that will be designed, constructed, and programmed automatically
  • 4 new PhD positions available - (ME or CS): Looking for creative candidates with research and/or project experience. PhD topics include  Robotics and Evolutionary Robotics, 3D Printing and digital manufacturing, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life. Please apply to Columbia. See application tips.
  • Postdoc position available:  (learn more)

 Research Fields

  • Evolutionary Robotics
  • Design Automation
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Artificial Life
  • Self Assembly

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Curriculum Vitae


  • NSF
  • Department of Energy
  • NIH
  • Department of Defense
  • NASA

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Fabricated: The new world of 3D printingMy relatively broad spectrum of research projects focus on what I consider to be two “grand challenges” of engineering: (a) Can we design machines that can design other machines, and (b) Can we make machines that can make other machines. Both of these questions lie at the crux of understanding the engineering process itself, and progress on these fronts can offer huge leverage in our ability to design, make and maintain increasingly complex systems in the future. Biological life has answered these challenges in ways that dwarf the best teams of human engineers; I therefore use primarily biologically-inspired approaches, as they bring new ideas to engineering and new engineering insight into biology.


Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.

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