The research group is concerned with the automatic programming of microcomputer systems from application-oriented, higher-level languages. This work entails a wide spectrum of activities such as programming language semantics; programming system tools; and microcomputer system architecture. The purpose of this research is to decrease the effort and cost of programming computers for specific applications--a situation that is becoming more severe as processor costs decrease and programming costs rise.
Professors Ward (left) and Dertouzos attempt to balance a micro-
computer controlled inverted pendulum balancer. Professor
Dertouzos' research interests are in Control Robotics, i.e., the
procedural control of physical processes by automatically
programmed micro-computer control systems.