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Prize-Winning Roboticist Talks Self-Driving Cars In San Diego

Carnegie Mellon University professor Takeo Kanade is pictured on Nov. 12, 201...

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Above: Carnegie Mellon University professor Takeo Kanade is pictured on Nov. 12, 2016. He received the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology for his work on robotics and computer vision.

Prize-Winning Roboticist Talks Self-Driving Cars In San Diego


Takeo Kanade, 2016 Kyoto Prize laureate


A pioneer in automated driving technology is among the Kyoto Prize laureates lecturing in San Diego this week.

Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Takeo Kanade has done foundational research into computer vision technologies and robotics, including facial recognition software and computer-assisted surgical robots.

In November, he received the Kyoto Prize, an international award given by the Inamori Foundation "to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind." Kanade's prize was in the advanced technology category.

Kanade is in San Diego as part of the annual Kyoto Symposium, which honors each year’s prize winners at universities across the city. He's speaking Wednesday at San Diego State University at 2p.m. about his motto: "Think like an amateur, do as an expert."

"When conceptualizing a problem and its possible solution, think simply and openly, as a novice in that field, without preconceived notions," Kanade wrote. "When implementing a solution, on the other hand, do so thoroughly, meticulously, and with expert skill."

Kanade joined KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the advances in robotics over his career and the self-driving car he helped develop that trekked from Pittsburgh to San Diego in 1995.

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