These pictures of Aster were taken at various times by
friends with digital cameras.
This document pulls these together along with information
about when and where these were taken.
Aster Labrador graduated from Guiding Eyes
Yorktown Heights, NY on January 20, 1990.
Born on February 15, 1987, she worked
until November 29, 1999 when she retired at the age of 12
years and 10 months.
She lived as a pet dog for another 5 days before finally
leaving us on December 5, 1999.
This is the picture
of Aster used in all my WWW pages. It was originally taken
by Russell Brown in the Cornell Robotics and Vision Lab
using a frame grabber in the summer of 1993. The resulting
bitmap file was cleaned up by Matthai Phillipose to produce
the gif and eps files for use
for the AsTeR logo in my Phd thesis entitled Audio System For Technical
After graduating from Cornell, Aster went on to accept a
research position at Digital's Cambridge Research Lab (CRL).
I think this next image was taken by Keith Waters at
Digital's Cambridge Research Lab for use on Aster's CRL home
page which specified her research interests as
planning and obstacle avoidance in Cambridge.
During our four years at Cornell, Aster
and I lived one summer in Palo Alto when we worked at Xerox
and one summer in Oregon when we worked at Intel.
In addition, she travelled to numerous computer science
conferences throughout her research career.
These are from early on in Aster's career during her time at
I got these pictures from my friend Murali's family photo
Here is a
picture of Aster graduating from Cornell, complete
with her graduation cap --this picture was published by the
Pictures taken by Bob Harris at Waltham Pond, October 9, 1994
Scanned by Dave Wecker at CRL.
Aster and I went to the CSUN conference in LA every year
from 1994 to 1999.
CSUN is an especially challenging and tiring conference for
a guide-dog to atend --Aster did remarkably well in her six
consecutive years of attending CSUN.
These pictures were taken at the Champions Sports Bar where
were hanging out with
everyone else. I think Aster's picture was taken while she
was lying under the table. These pictures were taken by
These three pictures were taken by Swatee Surve during CSUN
After working for 18 months in Cambridge, Aster and I moved
to Mountain View, CA in fall 1995 when I joined Adobe's
Advanced Technology Group.
Aster had a green Adobe badge that she wore on her collar
with her picture and email address on it; she made it into
the Harpers Internet Index at some point as the first dog
to have a URL on her collar.
is one of the pictures
Bob Ayers took of Aster and me at Park Place apartments in
Mountain View. These pictures were for the picture CD we
made in July 1999 shortly before I left Adobe.
Aster is perfectly healthy in these pictures.
In July 1999, my friend and colleague Bob Ayers took good
quality pictures of Aster and had them made into a Photo CD.
I have had considerable trouble getting JPEG versions of
these to put up on the WWW.
Here are the results of my present effort at producing JPEG
Aster and I left Adobe Systems in August 1999
to join IBM Research to work on speech interaction.
I flew to Florida with Aster in the first week of November
1999. We left Monday November 1, 1999 and returned
November 4, 1999.
This was Aster's final airtrip --during this trip she was
still healthy and energetic --though her tumors were
beginning to show.
was taken on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 during the evening
Flying back from Florida, our plane was diverted to Reno
due to bad weather in the Bay Area and shortage of fuel;
while parked on the runway,
the American Airlines captain walked out with Aster to let
her relieve herself --thereby almost replicating the picture
that the Smithsonian magazine published a few years ago.
I had to wish Aster a final goodbye on December 5, 1999.
She came down with skin cancer which eventually affected her
Email: T. V. Raman
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