Guide to the Stanford University, Department of Computer Science, Films

compiled by Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2013 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Overview

Call Number: F0110
Creator: Stanford University. Computer Science Dept.
Title: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science, films
Dates: 1968-1977
Physical Description: 22 film reel(s) (16mm)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Information about Access

Open for research. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of University Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

[identification of item], Stanford University, Department of Computer Science Films (F0110). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

The Department of Computer Science was established in 1965.

Collection Contents

 

Films

Films

Box 1

110.1 G. Podnar, "Don't Blame the Computer" 1977

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.7 D. I. Okhotsimsky and A. K. Platonov, "A Soviet Ant Takes a Walk" 1972

D. I. Okhotsimsky and A. K. Platonov, "A Soviet Ant Takes a Walk", 1975

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)

Scope and Content Note

A dislpay simulation of a 6-legged ant-like walker getting over various obstacles. The research is aimed at a planetary rover that would get around by walking.
By D.I. Okhotsimsky, et al, Insitute of Applied Mathematics -- USSR Academy of Science, titles translated by Stanford AI Lab and edited by Suzanne Kandra.

Technical Details

B/W, silent, 10 minutes
Box 1

110.2 Copy 1972

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Okhotsimsky, D. I.
Box 1

110.3 "Automated Pump Assembly" 1973

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Physical Description: color, silent, 7 minutes

Scope and Content Note

Shows the hand-eye system assembling an automobile water pump, using vision to locate the pump body and to check for errors. The parts are assembled and screws inserted, using some special tools designed for the arm. Some titles are included to help explain the film.
Richard Paul, Karl Pingle, Bob Bolles, Vic Scheinman, Les Earnest, John McCarthy

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bolles, Robert.
Earnest, Les
McCarthy, John, 1927-2011.
Paul, Richard.
Pingle, Karl.
Scheinman, Victor.
Box 2

110.22A Automated Pump Assembly (outtakes) 1973

Physical Description: 2 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 2

110.22B Automated Pump Assembly 1973

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 2

110.22D Automated Pump Assembly 1973

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.4 MIT Logo Project ca. 1975

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.6 Ray Reddy, D. Espar, and A. Eisenson, "Hear, Here" 1969

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Physical Description: color with sound, 15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

This film describes the state of the speech recognition project as of Spring, 1969. A discussion of the problems of speech recignition is followed by two realtime demonstrations of the system. The first shows the computer learning to recognize phrases and the second shows how the hand-eye system may be controlled by voice commands. Commands as complicated as 'Pick up the small block in the lower lefthand corner', are recognized and the tasks are carried out by the computer controlled arm.

Scope and Content Note

Describes the state of the speech recognition project as of Spring 1969. A discussion of the problems of speech recognition is followed by two real time demonstrations of the current system. The first shows the computer learning to recognize phrases and second shows how the hand-eye system may be controlled by voice commands. Commands as complicated as "pick up the small block in the lower lefthand corner" are recognized and the tasks are carried out by the computer controlled arm.
Box 1

110.10 "Programmable Assembly, Three Short Examples" 1974

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Physical Description: color, sound, 8 minutes
Physical Description: 3 sound tracks

Scope and Content Note

The first segment demonstrates the arm's ability to dynamically adjust for position and orientation changes. The task is to mount a bearing and seal on a crankshaft. Next, the arm is shown changing tools and recovering from a run-time error. Finally, a cinematic first: two robot arms cooperating to assemble a hinge.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bolles, Robert.
Paul, Richard.
Pingle, Karl.
Scheinman, Victor.
Box 1

110.5 Duplicate copy 1974

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.11 Duplicate copy 1974

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.12 Duplicate copy 1974

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.9 Copy no. 5 1974

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.10A Soundtrack 1

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.10B Soundtrack 2

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.10C Soundtrack 3

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.13 Unidentified

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.14 Orbital skyhooks: The Elegant Route to Space 1977

Orbital skyhooks: The Elegant Route to Space, 1977

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)

Scope and Content Note

Two parts of computer simulation depicting a dynamic orbital skyhook, a cable in a sub synchronous orbit that rotates to touch the planet surface. The first part shows a touch down and take off of an end of the cable at a hypothetical space port in Africa. The second segment shows an animated diagram of the cable skyhook as it rotates and orbits to "walk" the planet surface. Shot directly off a video monitor - low image quality.
Box 2

110.15 Brian Harvey, "Display Terminals at Stanford" 1975

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Physical Description: B/W, sound, 13 minutes

Scope and Content Note

Although there are many effective programs to use display terminals for special graphics applications, very few general purpose timesharing systems provide good support for using display terminals in normal text display applications. This film shows a session using the display system at the Stanford AI Lab, explaining how the display support features in the Stanford monitor enhance the user's control over his job and facilitate the writing of display-effective user programs.
Box 1

110.16 A. Eisenson and G. Feldman, "Butterfinger" 1968 Mar

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Physical Description: color, sound, 8 minutes

Scope and Content Note

Describes the state of the hand-eye system at the Artificial Intelligence Project in the fall of 1967. The PDP-6 computer getting visual information from a television camera and controlling an electrical-mechanical arm solves simple tasks involving stacking blocks. The techniques of recognizing the blocks and their positions as well as controlling the arm are briefly presented. [2 copies]
Box 110.16U2

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Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
 

110.16 Outtakes

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 110.16U1

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Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Box 2

110.17 Unidentified

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
 

110.18 "Motion and Vision" 1972

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Physical Description: color, sound, 26 minutes

Scope and Content Note

A technical presentation of three research projects completed in 1972: advanced arm control by Richard P. Paul [AIM-177], visual feedback control by A. Gill [AIM-178], and representation and description of curved objects by G. Agin [AIM-173].

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kandra, Suzanne.
Box 110.19U

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Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Box 2

110.19 Duplicate copy

Physical Description: narrative track only

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kandra, Suzanne.
Box 2

110.20 "Hands" 1972

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)

Scope and Content Note

Stanford gold arm, (SAIL Vic Scheinman) stacks four small colored cubes at three sites on a black table cloth.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bolles, Robert.
Box 2

110.22C Stanford Cart

Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.21 Lunar Vehicle Remote Control: A Study by Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Design Division (3:54) 1966

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 1

110.8 Outtakes (35:24)

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Physical Description: 1 film reel(s) (16mm)
Box 110.8U

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Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)