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Manuela Veloso
Herbert Simon University Professor of Comp Sci, CS
Office: GHC 7002
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Carnegie Mellon University
Computer Science Department
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
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Autodesk Executive to Kick Off Reality Computing Partnership
March 31, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University's Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) and Autodesk Inc., a world leader in 3-D design software, are launching a Reality Computing studio course for advanced undergraduate and graduate students that will be taught by the Robotics Institute's Pyry Matikainen.
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.
CoBots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation
November 25, 2014. For three years, a group of robots, known as CoBots, has been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University’s Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. On Nov. 18, their collective odometer reached 1,000 kilometers — more than 620 miles — a first-ever accomplishment for indoor autonomous robots.
NSF Features CoBots on “Science Nation”
December 17, 2013. Collaborative robots, or CoBots, developed by Manuela Veloso and her Carnegie Mellon research team, have been running errands for occupants of the Gates and Hillman centers for more than two years. Now, they are the subject of a “Science Nation” video and special report by the National Science Foundation.
Making Robots More Like Us: CoBot
October 29, 2013. Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science, talked with the New York Times' John Markoff about her CoBots and how they are part of a new breed of robots built to interact with people. Markoff included her views in his article, "Marking Robots More Like Us."
CMDragons Take Chinese Team Down to the Wire in RoboCup Final
July 02, 2013. The CMDragons, Carnegie Mellon University’s team in the RoboCup small-size league, performed impressively in the finals of the RoboCup 2013 world championship on June 30 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, before finally falling to the ZJUNlict team from China’s Zhejiang University by the narrowest of margins in a shoot out.
Chinese Academy of Sciences Names Veloso an Einstein Chair Prof
December 19, 2011. The Chinese Academy of Sciences has named Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as an Einstein Chair Professor for 2012. She is one of 20 prominent international scientists so honored. As an Einstein Chair Professor, Veloso will present a lecture at the University of Science and Technology of China, a national research university in Hefei, China, and at another Chinese university.
It's the Great PumpkinBot, Charlie Brown
November 03, 2011. For Halloween, the CORAL Lab’s CoBot2 robot donned a pumpkin costume to deliver candy bars to 300 delighted denizens of floors 6-8 of the Gates and Hillman centers, stopping at open doors and saying “Knock knock” outside closed doors.
Soccer-playing Robots Featured on NOVA Website
February 03, 2011. Professor Manuela Veloso and her work regarding robot soccer are featured in a video available on the website of NOVA, PBS's top science documentary series. The Feb. 9 episode of NOVA, airing at 10 p.m. on WQED in Pittsburgh, is "Smartest Machine on Earth" and includes interviews regading artificial intelligence with several Carnegie Mellon faculty members.
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.
Manuela Veloso named IEEE Fellow
December 09, 2010. Manuela M. Veloso, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named a fellow of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) for her contributions to the development of cognition, perception and action in autonomous robot teams.
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.