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|Six-legged “Snake Monster” Is First of New Robot Breed|
January 12, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s latest robot is called Snake Monster, however, with six legs, it looks more like an insect than a snake. But it really doesn’t matter what you call it, says its inventor, Howie Choset— the whole point of the project is to make modular robots that can easily be reconfigured to meet a user’s needs.
|Robotics Institute Projects Win "Best of What's New" Honors|
November 12, 2014. Four inventions that trace their origins to the School of Computer Science and, particularly, the Robotics Institute, have been honored by Popular Science's annual Best of What’s New Awards. This year’s winners, published in the magazine’s December issue now on sale, include the Flex System, a neck surgery tool based on snake robot research; 360fly, a panoramic video camera; and 3D Object Manipulation Software, a photo editing tool.
|Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes|
October 09, 2014. The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.
|Surgical Snake Robot To Be Marketed in Europe|
March 31, 2014. Medrobotics Corp. has announced it will begin limited marketing in Europe of a robot-assisted surgical device that is based on the snake robot research of Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University professor of robotics. The Flex System is a flexible endoscopic system that enables surgeons to access and visualize hard-to-reach anatomical locations.
|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.
|The Verge Visits "Robot City"|
October 24, 2013. The website The Verge recently visited Pittsburgh to find out why it has become the Robot City. The site has now posted an article and a video Robot City: How the Machines Are Driving Pittsburgh's Future, which includes interviews with Sidd Srinivasa, Red Whittaker, Howie Choset and other members of the Robotics Institute.
|CMU Snake Robot Navigates Pipes of Nuclear Power Plant|
July 09, 2013. Tests of a modular snake robot in an Austrian nuclear power plant proved the multi-jointed robot with a camera on its head can crawl through a variety of steam pipes and connecting vessels, suggesting it could be a valuable inspection tool, report researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. The snake robot was able to maneuver through multiple bends, slip through open valves and negotiate vessels with multiple openings. With a video camera and LED light on its head, the snake was able to peer into holes and get multiple views of items inside the pipes.
|Bloomberg Businessweek Features CMU's Robot-Snake Charmer|
January 04, 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek ran a profile on Howie Choset, professor of robotics, and about his pioneering work in building snake-like robots. “He is pushing his robots to operate in environments robots traditionally couldn’t work in — sand, debris, rubble,” says Daniel Goldman, a physics and biology researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology and research collaborator with Choset.
|Additional Major in Robotics Is New Option for CMU Undergrads|
October 10, 2012. Students pursuing computer science, engineering or other undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University will have the option this fall to include an additional major in robotics. The Robotics Institute already offers more undergraduate robotics courses than any other university in the world and for the past 12 years has offered an undergraduate minor in robotics. The additional major in robotics, however, responds to the growing interest of students in this multidisciplinary field and to demands by employers for more graduates with a deep understanding of this critical technology.
|Roboticists don't speak in bleeps and bloops|
February 29, 2012. The Robotics Institute’s Howie Choset, Joydeep Biswas, Heather Knight and Marek Michalowski are featured in CNN’s Geek Out blog, where they talk about what compels people to build robots.
|Choset Will Speak at "Summer Davos"|
September 08, 2011. Howie Choset, professor in the Robotics Institute, will be among four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members who will make presentations and be part of a mini-documentary being filmed at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions, Sept. 14-16 in Dalian, China. The meeting, often referred to as “Summer Davos,” brings together global business leaders and is expected to draw 1,500 participants this year.
|NSF's Innovation Nation Features Snakebots|
June 07, 2011. Howie Choset, associate professor of robotics, and his snake robots were featured on a recent episode of the National Science Foundation's "Innovation Nation" video series.
|Robotics Institute Featured on Plum TV|
January 03, 2011. Plum TV’s “Masters of Innovation” series and host Jim Brasher visited Carnegie Mellon and the Robotics Institute to see the future of robotics, including snake robots, robot soccer and HERB, the robotic butler. Watch the video here.
|Snakebot featured on "Colbert Report"|
October 01, 2010. Comedian Stephen Colbert turned his satiric eye on robots, including Howie Choset's Snakebot, on the Sept. 30 edition of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." See the clip.
|Robotics Academy Launches $7 Million Educational Initiative|
July 13, 2010. A new four-year, $7 million educational initiative by Carnegie Mellon University will leverage students’ innate interest in robots and other forms of “hard fun” to increase U.S. enrollments in computer science and steer more young people into scientific and technological careers.
|Snakebot Climbs a Tree!
The Biorobotics Lab sent Uncle Sam, the Snakebot, up a tree to have a look around.
September 14, 2010 - Length: 1:22
|The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.|
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