Professor John Long, Ph.D.

Professor John Long
  • Vassar College
  • Duke University
The field of robotics offers an endlessly exciting way of seeing our world. Almost everything around you – any machine, any electronics component, any animal, anything that humans do – has potential implications for robotics, which has implications for you.

Dr. John Long is a Professor of Biology and a Professor of Cognitive Science on the John Guy Vassar Chair of Natural History at Vassar College. He also serves as the Director of Vassar’s Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Laboratory, which he helped found in 2003. Professor Long received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University.

Internationally recognized for his work in biorobotics and evolutionary robotics, Professor Long creates autonomous robotic models of animals—both living and extinct—in order to study how the animals work, behave, and evolve. He also designs and builds bioinspired robots in collaboration with computer scientists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, physicists, and development-stage robotics companies. Professor Long’s research currently is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has received previous research funding awards from the NSF, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Professor Long is the author of Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us about the History of Life and the Future of Technology. He and his robots have been featured in the journal Science, in the international press; on numerous news programs; and in science documentaries, including Through the Wormhole, Evolve, and Predator X.

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"The professor is very entertaining and funny. He makes the concepts simple to understand and all the concrete examples he his presenting make the course more appealing."


"He makes the concepts simple to understand and all the concrete examples he is presenting make the course more appealing. His ''how to'' is also very interesting for anybody who wants to build a robot. I liked very much the different applications of robotics and all the explanations behind."

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9 Courses and Sets

  1. Robotics

    Robotics

    John Long
    3.7 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Robots are real. They’re all around you. And they’re transforming your life. The future of civilization depends on collaborative robotics: humans and machines working together. With in-studio robot demonstrations and other amazing visual aids, Robotics demystifies the world of robots and provides a comprehensive introduction to these intelligent machines. This course is your passport to an astonishing new...
  2. (Set) Robotics & Introduction to Nanotechnology Set

    (Set) Robotics & Introduction to Nanotechnology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    See how nanotechnology and robotics intersect in this enthralling set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then discover how the “science of small” is making the impossible possible with Introduction to Nanotechnology.
  3. (Set) How to Program & Robotics Set

    (Set) How to Program & Robotics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    The future of human civilization depends on humans and machines working together, and you can take a step in that direction with this set of two courses. Start by mastering a powerful and accessible computer programming language with How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises. The, discover how we have been using robots to transform our world for decades with Robotics.
  4. (Set) Robotics & Understanding Modern Electronics Set

    (Set) Robotics & Understanding Modern Electronics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    See the amazing development of robots and other modern electronics with this set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then, explore resistors, transformers, semiconductors, and more in Understanding Modern Electronics, and get a deeper understanding of how they all work.
  5. (Set) Robotics & Philosophy of Mind Set

    (Set) Robotics & Philosophy of Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Uncover the intriguing way that robotics and the philosophy of consciousness are beginning to intersect with this set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then, explore the world of cognitive science, and how both human and artificial intelligences work in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking...
  6. (Set) Robotics & Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures Set

    (Set) Robotics & Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Explore surprising connections between the science of yesterday and of today with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the most amazing antique and modern structures in Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures. Then, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine.
  7. (Set) Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life  & Robotics Set

    (Set) Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life & Robotics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Dive into the fascinating world of everyday technological miracles that we take for granted. Start with Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life and open your eyes to how the things we rely on each day are designed, built, and made to work for us. Then take an in-depth look at the wonderful world of robots with Robotics—how they work and what the implications of them may be.
  8. (Set) Robotics & Experiencing Hubble Set

    (Set) Robotics & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Discover the intriguing ways that modern robotics and the Hubble Space Telescope are connected in this set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then, witness firsthand the awe-inspiring images that have been captured by The Hubble in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe.
  9. (Set) The Surveillance State & Robotics Set

    (Set) The Surveillance State & Robotics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Probe the ways technology has worked both for and against us with this eye-opening two-course set. The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You examines the implications of privacy versus security in the modern world. Robotics shows you how we have been using robots to transform our world for decades—and how, in the decades to come, they will continue to revolutionize our lives.