Patrick McGuire's Home Page

Latest images from my Computer Vision & Robotics projects:

The Cyborg Astrobiologist (a wearable computer system for testing computer vision algorithms at geological and astrobiological field-sites here on the Earth):

Cyborg Astrobiologist studying the cliffs near Rivas Vaciamadrid and a newspaper article (from the Spanish daily, El Mundo) about this geological field trip to Rivas :
Geologist collaborator Jens Ormö with the wearable computer system for proofing computer vision algorithms (for future use in cyborg or robotic astrobiological study on other planets/moons); photo taken by another geologist collaborator, Enrique Diaz Martinez. Roboticist McGuire is on the right, observing Ormö during his first astrobiological cyborg experience.
See our article (open-access preprint version) about the Cyborg Astrobiologist's first geological field trips.

Some older images from the "Cyborg Astrobiologist" mobile-camera:
(a.k.a. the astrobiology "cyborg-cam")
Such images are processed in real-time (RT) by the
"Cyborg Astrobiologist" wearable-computer.
The images are then uploaded in real-time via wireless link.
See our Cyborg image archive, for a slide-show of some unprocessed images overlayed with RT-processed images.


  • My CV
  • My Resume (a shorter, easily-printable version of my CV)
  • Past & Upcoming Scientific Talks
  • TV & Radio & (e)Newspaper Coverage
  • Current and Recent Work:

    Despite my avowed love for Bielefeld(ers) and building robots for Earth, I have moved to Madrid, and I am now a tenure-track research scientist at the Center for Astrobiology . I am building cyborg vision systems for exploring the prairies, mountains, and deserts of the Earth, searching for interesting geological and biological features. See the Cyborg Astrobiologist's first results at a geological site (open-access preprint version) with such an interest-map exploration system. These vision systems will later be transplanted onto crawling, flying, digging and swimming robots to goto Mars and Jupiter's possibly-watery moon, Europa , in order to search for other-worldly life. As of 2005, I am still working with the Bielefeld team, in order to improve their graphical programming language, NEO, and several Bielefeld individuals are co-investigators on my current Cyborg Astrobiologist project here in Spain.

    In Bielefeld, I worked on building better vision systems for robots, with the Neuroinformatics group, led by Helge Ritter. Check out this picture of our efforts to train robots to cooperate with humans to build towers and bridges.


    Work-Related Links:

  • My Google/Scholar Web Hits, with some citation analysis
  • My Refereed Journal Articles at the Web of Knowledge , with some citation analysis
  • My Web E-Prints, with some citation analysis
  • History of Citations amd Downloads of my Web E-Prints
  • My ADS (NASA Astrophysics Data System) papers, with some citation analysis
  • My Entries in the Computer Science Bibliography Collection
  • Results From Recent Workgroups (after 2001):
  • "The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Scouting Red Beds for Uncommon Features with Geological Significance", International Journal of Astrobiology, vol. 4, issue 2, pp. 101-113 (2005). open access preprint version
  • "Cyborg Astrobiologist", for the Associated Press Television Network, September 2005.
  • "AI developed for Mars explorers" in BBConline, June 2005.
  • "Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Cyborg Astrobiologist, interview with David Geer, May 2005.
  • "Ordenadores y algoritmos de visión: Un cibergeólogo para la exploración de Marte", in the Spanish Science Magazine, Investigacion y Ciencia, July 2005.
  • "Un cibergeólogo para la exploración de Marte:
    Don AstrobioQuijote, the Cyborg Astrobiologist, Wanders through Spain:
    Results from Geological Field Missions in Rivas Vaciamadrid and Riba de Santiuste"
    Colloquium at the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Tres Cantos, Madrid, March 2005.
  • "The Cyborg Astrobiologist: First Field Experience", International Journal of Astrobiology, vol. 3, issue 3, pp. 189-207 (2004).open-access preprint version
  • "Rover data makes return a must", in BBConline, December 2004.
  • "Cyborg geologist explores Spain", in Nature News Online, November 2004.
  • Vasco da Gama: In Situ Mars Explorer, Presentation (with notes) by "In Situ: Follow the Carbon" student working group, The Planet Mars Astrobiology Summer School, U. International Menendez Pelaya, Santander, Spain (July 2004).
  • "AI to help Martian exploration" in BBConline, February 2004.
  • Field Geology with a Wearable Computer: First Results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System, ICINCO'2005 (International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics), Barcelona, Spain (September 2005).
  • Cyborg Systems as Platforms for Computer-Vision Algorithm-Development for Astrobiology, project summary and publications (2002- ).
  • Neural Architectures for Robot Intelligence, Reviews in the Neurosciences (2003)
  • Multi-Modal Human-Machine Communication for Instructing Robot Grasping Tasks , International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2002)
  • Results From Previous Workgroups (my contributions were largely before 2001):
  • Efficient Simulation of Adaptive Optics Technologies for the Euro50 Telescope, Worskhop on Extremely Large Telescopes, Backaskog Castle, Sweden, Emerging Optoelectronic Applications. (2004).
  • Adaptive Optics Nulling Interferometric Constraints on the Mid-Infrared Exozodiacal Dust Emission around Vega, Astrophysical Journal Letters (2004)
  • Astronomers Get Ultrasharp Images With Large Telescope in Arizona, February 2003.
  • Astronomers Get Ultrasharp Images (more pics), February 2003.
  • A Near-Infrared Wide-Field Proper Motion Search for Brown Dwarfs, Astronomical Journal (2002)
  • Threshold Disorder as a Source of  Diverse and Complex Behavior in Random Nets, Neural Networks (2002)
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  • My Sporting Endeavors
  • Pictures of the Steward Observatory Trombone Quartet at the 1999 Holiday Party (taken by Sharon Thomas)
  • Passion?
  • My Dad, Charles Robert McGuire, Jr.
  • Today's New York Times Science Headlines: