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Sanjiv Singh
Research Professor, RI
Office: NSH 2111
Phone: (412) 268-6577
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Sanae Urano Minick
Affiliated Center(s):
 Space Robotics Initiative (SRI)
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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Robotics Industry Celebrates Dramatic Growth in Pittsburgh
October 12, 2016. Employment by Pittsburgh-area robotics firms has jumped from 700 to 2,200 people in the five years since President Barack Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) at the National Robotics Engineering Center, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle said. Doyle spoke at RoboPGH Day, an Oct. 12 event hosted by NREC spinoff Carnegie Robotics.
The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh
February 04, 2014. "The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh," an article in the latest issue of Politico magazine, highlights the role of the Robotics Institute in the rebirth of Pittsburgh following the collapse of the steel industry.
CMU Receives $7 Million for National Robotics Initiative Projects
October 24, 2013. Robotic rotorcraft for inspecting bridges and other infrastructure, tools for minimally invasive surgery that guide surgeons by creating 3D maps of internal organs and assistive robots for blind travelers are among seven new Carnegie Mellon University research projects sponsored through the National Robotics Initiative.
Journal of Field Robotics Ranks #2
June 29, 2011. The newly released 2010 Journal Citation Reports ranks the Journal of Field Robotics second among 17 robotics journals, based on the frequency with which an average article is cited. That frequency – the Impact Factor – was 3.580, compared to 4.095 for the top-ranked International Journal of Robotic Research. The Journal of Field Robotics was founded at the Robotics Institute in 2006 and is edited by Sanjiv Singh, research professor of robotics.
RI Developing Autonomous Capability for DARPA "Flying Car"
November 09, 2010. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a 17-month, $988,000 contract to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute to develop an autonomous flight system for the Transformer (TX) Program, which is exploring the feasibility of a military ground vehicle that could transform into a vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) air vehicle.
Piasecki-RI Team Demonstrates Autonomous Helicopter Operations
July 06, 2010. Piasecki Aircraft Corp. and Carnegie Mellon University have developed and flight demonstrated a navigation/sensor system that enables full-size, autonomous helicopters to fly at low altitude while avoiding obstacles; evaluate and select suitable landing sites in unmapped terrain; and land safely using a self-generated approach path. Autonomous flight at low altitude and landing zone evaluation/selection is an unprecedented feat with a full-size helicopter.
How to Make UAVs Fully Autonomous
July 15, 2009. MIT Technology Review reports on work at Carnegie Mellon University to use advanced vision systems to help unmanned aerial vehicles detect airborne obstacles and help achiever greater autonomy.
Carnegie Mellon Developing Automated Systems To Enable Precision Farming of Apples, Oranges
November 19, 2008. Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build automated farming systems.