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M Bernardine Dias
Associate Research Professor, RI
Office: NSH 2105
Phone: (412) 268-9365
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Connie Franchini
Affiliated Center(s):
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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Software Helps Create Sign Language Dictionaries, Voice-activated Games for Hearing Impaired
September 15, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group today announced the release of open source software that can help educators of children with hearing disabilities create video dictionaries of sign languages and use games that encourage vocalization by children learning to speak.
Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius Prize
March 24, 2015. An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation.
Women Place Their Stamp On Robotics Conference
February 26, 2015. The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, or ICRA, is the world’s largest robotics conference and, like members of the robotics field, its organizers predominantly have been men. This year, however, the conference committee is composed entirely of women, with Carnegie Mellon University providing one of the largest contingents.
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.
Dias Wins Borg Early Career Award
July 23, 2012. M. Bernardine Dias, associate research professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and the founder and director of the TechBridgeWorld program, will receive the 2012 Borg Early Career Award from the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).
TechBridgeWorld Interns Develop English Literacy Tools
July 18, 2011. Seven students from Carnegie Mellon University’s campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Doha, Qatar, are working with government education officials in Montevideo, Uruguay, this summer to develop new technological tools for teaching English in Uruguay high schools. In cooperation with Uruguay’s National Administration of Public Education (ANEP), the students are developing applications for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop computer and for Facebook.
TechBridgeWorld Releases Specs, Software for Braille Writing Tutor
October 04, 2010. Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld program has publicly released the hardware specifications and software for its Braille Writing Tutor, an innovative device that helps visually impaired students learn the tricky task of writing Braille letters with a traditional slate and stylus. The specifications and software for the second generation of the device have been released under an MIT open source license and are available for download at
TechBridgeWorld Selects Yahoo! Fellow
March 24, 2010. Jonathan Muller, a first-year master's degree student in the School of Information Systems and Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, has been selected as the Yahoo! iSTEP 2010 Fellow. Yahoo! is a corporate sponsor for this summer's iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) internship, which is a program organized by the TechBridgeWorld research group in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.