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Temple University biologist Tonia Hsieh explains how she uses the unlikely combination of lizards and high speed cameras to advance the field of robotics.

Produced by Leveler Media, Philadelphia PA
DP: Benjamin Webb, Patrick Blake
Editor: Ben Lieberman
Featuring: Tonia Hsieh, Hsieh Lab Staff, Temple University
Additional Camera: Andrew Quitmeyer, Multi-Agent Robotic and Systems Lab, Georgia Tech
Robotics: Aaron Johnson, Dan Koditscheck, University of Pennsylvania
Music: Podington Bear, Lee Rosevere, Broke for Free


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