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David Wettergreen
Research Professor; Associate Director for Education and Director of the Ph.D. Program, RI
Office: NSH 2115
Phone: (412) 268-5421
Fax: 412-268-5895
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Sanae Urano Minick
Affiliated Center(s):
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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NREC Selected For Research Projects Totaling More Than $11 Million
March 08, 2016. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) has been selected as a prime contractor or subcontractor on four major new federal research projects totaling more than $11 million over the next three years. The projects range from research on a wheel that can transform into a track to automated stress testing for critical software.
Zoë Returns To Atacama On NASA Mission To Search for Subsurface Life
June 11, 2013. The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile’s Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world’s driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute. This time, Zoë is equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life.
RI Software Helps Guide Curiosity Rover
August 09, 2012. Now that NASA has successfully landed its Curiosity rover on Mars, a version of Carnegie Mellon University navigation software will help guide the robot during its mission to determine if Mars ever could have supported life. The software is a version of Field D*, which was first developed at the Robotics Institute in 2000 by Tony Stentz, now director of the National Robotics Engineering Center. Stentz will discuss CMU's contributions to the mission on KDKA-TV's "Sunday Business Page" at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 12.
Summer Scholar Tapped for Simulated Mars Mission
August 02, 2012. Simon Engler has spent this summer at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute working on robotic technology that might search for life on Mars. And next year, he’ll be working on food preparation skills that may one day support life – human life – on that planet. Engler, a Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS), is one of six people selected from more than 700 applicants to participate early next year in a NASA-sponsored experiment called Hi-SEAS, or the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. They will be testing new forms of food and food preparation strategies designed for sustaining astronauts on Mars and other deep-space missions.
Scarab demonstrates new fuel cell
March 02, 2012. NASA's Glenn Research Center used the Scarab robot developed by the Robotics Institute to demonstrate a new fuel cell for the first time outside of a laboratory setting. The new type of fuel cell will extend the range of surface operations for rovers that will explore new worlds as part of future NASA missions.
Scarab Featured at NASA Day
June 24, 2010. The Robotics Institute's Dom Jonak and David Kohanbash took Scarab to Washington, D.C., June 23 to participate in NASA Day on the Hill. The NASA-sponsored robot is designed to test robot designs and components that might be used to prospect for ice and other resources on the moon.
Robotics Institute Alum Helps NASA Make Rovers Smarter
March 31, 2010. David Thompson, who earned his PhD in Robotics in 2008, was part of a team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that developed software enabling the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to make some decisions about which rocks to study.
Science on the Fly
The next generation of rovers will conduct autonomous science surveys and adapt their investigation on the fly.
March 31, 2010 - Length: 3:12