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Matthew T. Mason
Professor, RI/CS
Office: NSH A521
Phone: (412) 268-8804
Fax: 412-268-6436
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For appointments, please contact:
Jean Harpley, (412) 268 3802, NSH 4303 (

Administrative Assistant: Jean Harpley
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
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Past Projects [Current Projects]
Desktop Robotics
Is it possible to build robots which take the desktop as their task domain?
Dynamic Climbing
The goal of this project is to show how robots can gain access to difficult-to-reach places by taking full advantage of their dynamics and the potential reaction forces afforded by the environment. We build robots that use dynamic motions to climb vertically using frictional contact forces.
Dynamic Manipulation
By not grasping, a simple robot with few degrees-of-freedom can control an object with more degrees-of-freedom by exploiting dynamic effects, such as centrifugal and Coriolis forces.
Factory Automation
Legless Locomotion
A novel locomotion technique for legged robots when their legs don't touch the ground!
Palm Pilot Robot Kit (PPRK)
The Palm Pilot Robot Kit is a design for an easy-to-build, fully autonomous robot controlled by a Palm handheld computer.
A planner that finds stable pushing plans to move an object from one place to another
Robotic Origami Folding
Origami, the human art of paper sculpture, is a fresh challenge for the field of robotic manipulation, and provides a concrete example for many difficult and general manipulation problems.
Time-optimal Vehicle Trajectories
What's the fastest way to drive a mobile robot?