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Illah Nourbakhsh
Professor, RI
Office: NSH 3105
Phone: (412) 268-2007
Fax: 412-268-5571
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Karen R. Widmaier
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
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Past Projects [Current Projects]
Anthropocentric Robotics
The goal of this project is to improve human-robot interaction by using anthropological resesarch methods to study how people think about robots.
BeatBots (Keepon)
We are developing robots that can participate in coordinated rhythmic social interactions with people.
Bookstore Project
We are developing a robot wheelchair capable of navigating Carnegie Mellon's campus, traveling from my office to the Campus Bookstore to fetch a book autonomously.
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.
Robot Improv
We are developing realistic dramatic behavior for mobile robotics.
Robotics Lexicon Project (Robolex)
The goal of this project is the computer-aided collection, recording and dissemination of robotics terminology.
Sage is a completely autonomous mobile multimedia exhibit built on top of the XR4000 robot base by Nomadic Technologies, Inc.
Telepresence Robot Kit (TeRK)
To design, create, and disseminate robotics curricula and technologies that motivate young women and men to actively explore science and technology.
The Personal Rover Project
We have developed the Personal Rover - a 18"x12"x24" highly autonomous, programmable robot.
Urban Search and Rescue
We are developing Hybrid Teams of Autonomous Agents: Cyber Agents, Robots and People (CARPs) to address the challenges of urban search and rescue.
We are developing a robot who has personality and with whom it is easy to communicate.