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.
Here is Aster's
taken on Monday, January 22, 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 PARC, and one summer in Oregon
when we worked at Intel. In addition, she travelled to numerous
computer science conferences throughout her research
These are from early on in Aster's career during her time at
Cornell. I got these pictures from my friend Murali's family
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
and 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 David Jaffey.
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. This 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
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. This
taken on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 during the evening dinner.
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 vital organs.
Email: T. V. Raman
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