Robot  Frank

The State Theatre Modesto, CA


Dr. Kevin Gucwa

Director Assistant, UC Davis C-Stem Center; PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis

Robot & Frank— Turning Fictional Robotics into Reality

Dr. Kevin Gucwa made a presentation on turning fictional robotics into reality.

The State Theatre Modesto, CA

Film Synopsis

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

In the near future, Frank (Frank Langella) is a retired catburglar living alone, while his successful son, Hunter (James Marsden), tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), and Frank soon learns that the robot is useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to go beyond what any robot can do for him.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kevin Gucwa is director assistant at the UC Davis C-STEM Center, a program designed to improve computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in K–14 education. He is also pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering with a focus on robotics.