On Campus

A LAB FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Welcome to the Future of Information Science

By David F. Salisbury



STEP THROUGH THE DOORS OF THE NEW Gates Computer Science Building - into a laboratory of 21st-century technology. On the first floor, a pair of 6-foot robots busily wash windows, dust furniture and shelve books in the Robotics Lab. Upstairs in the Computer Graphics Lab, researchers wear special eyeglasses to reveal a “virtual” skeleton floating above a workbench, her organs visible beneath translucent skin.

Nearby, a brilliant ruby-red laser light silently traces the surface of a small plastic Buddha - the first step in faxing a three-dimensional image across the country.

Welcome to the future of information science.

With the help of a gift from Microsoft Corp. founder William Gates in 1992, Stanford has constructed the $38.4 million Gates Computer Science Building to house the far-flung programs of the computer science department under one roof.

The high-tech building brings together faculty who previously had pursued their work in computer graphics, computer architecture, database management, robotics, artificial intelligence and related fields in eight different campus locations.

21st Century Lab (Plain text)

Previous | Next


MARCH/APRIL 1996

 In This Issue

DEPARTMENTS
 Editor’s Note
 President’s Letter

NEWS
 Campus News
 21st Century Lab
 Campus News

 Sci & Med
 Total Access
 Sci & Med News

FEATURES
 Forum
 About the Sixties

 Essay
 Continents Apart

 Creative Writing
 The Big X
 Stegner's Legacy
 Short Story

HOME
GUEST SERVICES
SEARCHING
ST COLLECTION
NEWS SERVICE
ALUMNI
EMAIL THE EDITOR
COMING UP