Personal: Commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. I
own a twin-engine Piper Seneca II, nicknamed "The Beast". As a volunteer pilot I
occasionally transport organs or patients for local hospitals. Fly
acrobatics when an acro plane is available. I'm also a parrot lover,
and currently live with a yellownape amazon
and two cockatiels.
I was interviewed
about my robotics work by EEWeb Pulse in August, 2011. That's me with some Chiaras on the
Courses and Software
| Cognitive Robotics: a new approach to robot programming that
draws inspiration from ideas in Cognitive Science. We are
implementing these ideas in Tekkotsu, a robotics application
framework under development in my lab for programming mobile
ARTSI: Advancing Robotics Technology for
Societal Impact, an alliance of 9 research universities and 17
historically black colleges and universities to recruit more
African Americans to robotics research. Tekkotsu is a major component.|
| The Chiara, a new platform
for teaching robot programming to CS undergraduates.|
Computational modeling of the rodent hippocampus: investigating
how space and experience are encoded and stored in the brain. (See publications list.)
The DMCA and other First Amendment Issues
I serve on the board of directors of the NIPS Foundation. Visit the
NIPS web site for information about this
and past years' NIPS conferences.
Ethics, Aviation, and Other Stuff
The Church of Scientology's Wacky Secrets
Sure, Scientology is a rich and vengeful religious cult based on a
bizarre form of psychotherapy and a belief in reincarnated space aliens.
But that doesn't mean we can't have fun with them.
See my appearance on CNN
Headline News (May 23, 2007), talking about Scientology's
infiltration of the Baton Rouge public schools. I also appeared on
MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann on
17, 2006 and again on July
23, 2007, explaining the Scientology cult's wacky beliefs.
- Secrets of Scientology. Xenu
the space alien, subtle thought control techniques, sacred lie
detectors, and more. Everything the Church of Scientology (and Tom
Cruise) don't want you to know. I am currently receiving legal
threats from Scientology lawyers over this site, and was even picketed at work once.
- Looking for Scientology's "we can kill you" release forms? Click
- The Secret Library of
Scientology, founded by Dean Benjamin. The books L. Ron
Hubbard would not want you to read.
- Stop-Narconon.org: protecting the
vulnerable from Narconon/Scientology.
- Amway Sucks! Includes a mirror of
Amway: the Untold Story, by Sidney Schwartz. Amway/Quixtar is a
multi-level marketing scam with interesting cult-like aspects. (And
Scientology is often called "the Amway of religions".) Amway's
lawyers have promised to sue me over this page.
- The Gentle Wind Project is
another cult that has actually poked fun at Scientology, but with
their holy healing hockey pucks (designed by space aliens!), they're
just as nutty.
boycott the lowlife spammers and
liars at Bentham Science Publishers.
David S. Touretzky
Computer Science Department & Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891