Christine

110 mins.
Directed by John Carpenter
R
1983

She was born in Detroit… on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way.

17-year-old nerd Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) becomes consumed with passion for the car and, when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath.

Based on the book by Stephen King.

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Speaker: Joydeep Biswas, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst. Dr. Biswas's work is on self-sufficient autonomous mobile robots working in human environments, performing tasks accurately and robustly. In support of this work, Dr. Biswas is interested in research in perception, planning, and control applied to autonomous mobile robots. As a PhD student he was the recipient of the 2015 Siebel Scholarship. He has served on the Program Committee for the RoboCup Symposium, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the RoboCup Small Size League.

Topic: The radical future of self-driving cars. Machines with minds of their own? Cars that can drive themselves? While much of the science of tomorrow has been predicted by science fiction, it turns out that in some ways, even in science fiction, we could not have imagined what we are capable of today! Dr. Biswas will draw on anecdotes from working on real robots, as well as classic scenes from sci-fi.

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