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His installation features footage taken from robots traversing the Atacama, here projected onto the floor of a small, nearly hidden closet space. The video depicts rocks and mountains passing by in rapid succession, creating the vertiginous illusion of time and space extending into the depths of the gallery. David Wettergreen is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University whose research focuses on robotic exploration: underwater, on the surface, and in air and space, and in the necessary ingredients of perception, planning, learning and control for robot autonomy. His robotic field investigations in the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest climate on earth, will bring new scientific understanding of this terrain as a habitat for life with distinct analogies to Mars.