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Open House
for Accepted Ph. D. Students

March 24 - 26 2012

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The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University invites you to visit us on the weekend of Saturday-Monday, March 24 - 26, 2012. If you plan to attend, you must notify us by Wednesday, February 29.

U. S. and International Travel

The Robotics Institute will pay for your airfare, lodging, and meals from March 24-26, 2012. You will be expected to arrange your ground transportation before you leave for Pittsburgh and after you return to your destination. If you are traveling from within the United States, Suzanne Muth will make flight reservations for you through CTS International, Inc.Or if you prefer, you may make your own ticket online. However, you should confirm the itinerary and cost with Suzanne prior to purchasing the ticket. If you are traveling internationally, you will need to make your own flight reservations. For international travelers, the Robotics Institute will pay a maximum of $600 for your plane ticket. If you plan to drive, we will also reimburse you for fuel and mileage.

If you plan to visit other schools on the same trip, we will divide the cost equally such that our share does not exceed $600. If you need to make a change to the ticket after it has been issued, please contact Irene at CTS International, Inc. (cts@usaor.net cts@usaor.net, (412) 371-8444) or the agency where you purchased your ticket. It will be your responsibility to cover any additional costs. Please plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure, thus avoiding any additional expense to you for a missed flight.

When you arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport, proceed to the baggage claim area. There is a ground transportation desk if you need assistance. There are several ways to reach Carnegie Mellon University from the airport:


Several students have agreed to host you in their homes for the weekend. Your host will get in touch with you after you have confirmed your attendance with Suzanne Muth. If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, please notify Suzanne and she will make the necessary arrangements.

Getting Around

A graduate student, usually your host, will be assigned to you for the weekend to make sure you get to where you need to be.


Casual. Comfortable shoes suggested on Sunday!


You may want to check weather.com. March can be somewhat unpredictable. Generally it is still chilly, but in years past we have seen some mild temperatures at the end of March.


Please contact Suzanne Lyons Muth at (412) 268 3733 or lyonsmuth@cmu.edu by February 29.

We hope you can visit on this weekend! We request that you arrive on Saturday, March 24 in time to make the kick-off graduate student dinner which begins at 7:00 p.m. and to schedule a return flight on Monday, March 26 after 5:00 p.m., if possible.

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The Robotics Institute Open House Schedule

Saturday, March 24
Afternoon arrival in Pittsburgh.
If you are arriving by air, you will be met at Pittsburgh International Airport by a current Robotics student (most likely your host).
7:00 p.m.Dinner Party with Robograds - Newell Simon Hall 1507 / 1513 (RoboLounge)
Sunday, March 25
Transportation by your host to brunch, Robotics Institute, and dinner.
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.Brunch at Grand Concourse restaurant - Station Square
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.Welcome and Intro to the Robotics Institute - Matt Mason, Director, Robotics Institute - Newell-Simon Hall 3305
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.Demos & Tours
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.Intro to the Robotics Doctoral Program - Reid Simmons, Chair of the Robotics Doctoral Program - Newell-Simon Hall 3305 - refreshments served
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.Demos & Tours continue
5:45 - 6:15 p.m."Things You Can Do in Robotics, at CMU, and in Pittsburgh"
Newell-Simon Hall 3305
6:45 p.m.Dinner at the Le Mont - Top of Mt. Washington
eveningGet Together with other RI grads - Location TBD
Monday, March 26
9:00 - 11:15Continental Breakfast - Newell Simon Hall 3305
9:00 - departureIndividual meetings with faculty
12:00 p.m.Lunch with Robograds - RoboLounge (Newell-Simon Hall 1513) & Newell-Simon Hall 1507