Re: The company status of Denning Mobile Robotics, Inc. I'm sorry to say Denning is defunct. Following are some notes made as events unfolded. -- Hans Moravec General The first incarnation of Denning in the Boston area (founded about 1983) ran out of funds and ceased operation in March of 1993. The company assets sat for over a year at the old location in Wilmington, and the landlord obtained a court judgement for about $400,000. There was no company representative to contest the matter. Allan Branch took the moribund Denning as an opportunity to expand from his Australian base (Branch and Associates, who had made various small robots since the 1970s) to the US. He located the vestige of the Denning board and negotiated a deal where he would resume operations in Pittsburgh and repay the landlord debt over several years. The assets (equipment, parts, furnishings and records) in Boston were U-Hauled to inexpensive facilities in Pittsburgh. Things went reasonably well for several years after 1994, but income failed once again to match expenses and the enterprise collapsed. January 1998 I'm sorry to say Denning died with a whimper in August 1997, under burden of insufficient income to pay salaries or support operations, and a court decision for money owed to the previous (Boston area) landlord. Allan Branch resigned in July, after a several month absence. The last two employees left for other jobs in August. Initial steps for a chapter 7 bankruptcy have been initiated by the remaining two board members. There are negligible assets. The few patents are so dated, mostly involving obsolete navigation approaches, there seem no takers. The remaining physical assets are leased, or so old and specialized, that, accoding to auctioneers, they wouldn't return the cost of an auction. They are in the hands of the Pittsburgh landlord, who was owed about seven thousand dollars, but had been gracious in allowing access. Other creditors were being negotiated with on a case basis, so far without legal problems. There possibly may be a few thousand dollars of payroll taxes still owed: the final records are incomplete. March 1999 The previous (Boston) landlord initiated an involuntary bankruptcy action against the company, which is ongoing. All remaining company materials (mainly a box of financial records) have been turned over to him without contest. (these proceedings were later dismissed in favor of a company-initiated bankruptcy) December 1999 A Denning board-initiated chapter 7 bankruptcy is proceeding slowly. A creditors meeting was held on December 6, 1999 in downtown Pittsburgh. As the last vestige in the local area, I represented the company. The Boston landlord had a representative, who asked a number of questions, mostly about the existence of Denning contracts with customers in recent years. No impediments to the bankruptcy emerged.