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Reid Simmons
Research Professor, RI/CS
Office: NSH 3213
Phone: (412) 268-2621
Fax: 412-268-7350
  Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Karen R. Widmaier
Affiliated Center(s):
 Space Robotics Initiative (SRI)
 Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
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Current Projects [Past Projects]
An improved Xavier
Autonomous Mobile Assembly (ACE)
The ACE project is concerned with autonomous mobile assembly.
BeatBots (Keepon)
We are developing robots that can participate in coordinated rhythmic social interactions with people.
Distributed Robot Architectures (DIRA)
The primary objective of this project is to develop fundamental capabilities that enable multiple, distributed, heterogeneous robots to coordinate tasks that cannot be accomplished by the robots individually.
Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems
We are developing tools and techniques to support formal verification of autonomous systems.
The Grace project is a collaboration among several schools and research labs to design a robot capable of fully performing the AAAI Grand Challenge.
Intelligent Monitoring of Assembly Operations (IMAO)
Our goal is to allow people and intelligent and dexterous machines to work together safely as partners in assembly operations performed within industrial workcells. To ensure the safety of people working amidst active robotic devices, we use vision and 3D sensing technologies, such as stereo cameras and flash LIDAR, to detect and track people and other moving objects within the workcell.
Inter-Process Communication Package (IPC)
We are developing a high-level support package for connecting and sending data among processes using TCP / IP sockets.
Lunar Rover Initiative (LRD)
first interactive space exploration event
Mars Autonomy
Long-distance marsrover navigation with minimal human intervention.
Cooperative Multi-Robot Mapping and Planning
Meta Level Planning (MLP)
Meta-level reasoning for autonomous indoor and outdoor mobile robots.
Multi-cultural Human-Robot Interaction
We are exploring human robot interaction in a mixed cultural setting. To do this exploration we have developed a robot Hala that runs in the Carnegie Mellon Qatar central reception and speaks both English and Arabic. Sponsored by QNRF.
Quality of Life Technology (QoLT)
QoLT is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of technologists, clinicians, industry partners, end users, and other stakeholders to create revolutionary technologies that will improve and sustain the quality of life for all people.

Note: The QoLT Project has been superseded by the QoLT Center.
In collaboration with the Drama Department, we are developing technology for long-term social interaction.
Robust Autonomy
Science Autonomy
The Science Autonomy project seeks to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of robotic planetary investigations by enabling automatic detection of relevant science features, classification of feature properties, and exploration planning that responds on-the-fly.
Social Robots
We are developing robots with personality.
TRESTLE: Autonomous Assembly by Teams of Coordinated Robots
The TRESTLE project is developing the architectural framework necessary to coordinate robots performing complex assembly projects.
We are developing a robot who has personality and with whom it is easy to communicate.
Perceptual, reasoning and learning abilities in autonomous mobile robots