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July 18, 1986 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-07-18

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Jerusalem College of Technology Prof. George Mendelbaum
demonstrated his new "user friendly" system for controlling robots
at the recent convention on CAD/CAM and robotics in Tel Aviv.

Robot Control Made Easy
By Israel Prof's Method

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Friday, July 18, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS



I

Jerusalem — Two years of re-
search and development at the
Jerusalem College of Technology
have resulted in what Prof.
George Mendelbaum, head of
the industrial programming sec-
tion of JCT's department of
computer technology, calls "a
breakthrough' that makes con-
trolling robots easy enough for a
child to do."
Until now special engineers
have been required to operate
robots; these engineers have had
to understand how to program
computers and how to "speak"
computer language in order to
manipulate the robot. Industrial
programmers around the world
have been searching for methods
of making the complex computer
language easier to "speak."
Prof. Mendelbaum's depart-
ment at JCT has succeeded in
replacing the language with a
graphic depiction which does not
require trained personnel to
understand.
"Scientists in the U.S. and
Japan are integrating graphics
into computer technology," says
Prof. Mendelbaum. "We have
succeeded in putting the picture

of a robot on a computer screen
and getting the real robot to
move when we move the picture.
Moving the robot is therefore as
easy as moving the picture."
Prof. Mendelbaum notes that
this breakthrough will minimize
the need for specialized
engineers to program and re-
program robots, and thus will
result in major savings for in-
dustry.

Prof. Mendelbaum was direc-
tor of computer technology at
the University of Paris for two
decades, until making aliyah
two years ago. This school year
concludes the second year of re-
search by the 25 JCT students
currently operating under his
tutelage.
The system they have de-
veloped, which makes computers
"more user-friendly than every
before," according to Prof. Men-
delbaum, is currently fitted to
the MacIntosh computer and
Eshed robot. The college will
formally unveil its developments
at the Association for Computer
Machinery Conference on Small
Systems in San Francisco in De-
cember.

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