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Illah Nourbakhsh
Professor, RI
Office: NSH 3105
Phone: (412) 268-2007
Fax: 412-268-5571
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Karen R. Widmaier
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
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Current Projects [Past Projects]
We have developed BOWGO (patent pending) - a new kind of pogo stick that bounces higher, farther and more efficiently than conventional devices.
To develop electric vehicles (EVs) that are as efficient and cost-effective as possible, we have taken a systems-level approach to design, prototyping, and analysis to produce formally-modeled active vehicle energy management.
We are developing a curriculum for the Introduction to Computer Science (CS1) course taught at two and four year colleges and for high school Computer Science courses.
Desktop Robotics
Is it possible to build robots which take the desktop as their task domain?
Educational Robotics
We are developing both physical robots and curriculum that will make educational robotics viable at the middle school and high school levels.
Fine Outreach for Science
The Fine Outreach for Science, sponsored by the Fine Foundation, provides GigaPan units to scientists and documents the evolution of GigaPan as a research tool.
GigaPan is the newest development of the Global Connection Project, which aims to help us meet our neighbors across the globe, and learn about our planet itself.
Global Connection Project
The Global Connection Project develops software tools and technologies to increase the power of images to connect, inform, and inspire people to become engaged and responsible global citizens.
Message from Me
A collaboration between the CREATE Lab and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, Message from Me enables young children to better communicate with parents about their daytime activities at child care centers through the use of digital cameras, microphones, email, phone messaging and other technologies.
Robot Diaries
A Robot Diary is a customizable robot designed to serve as a means of expression for its creator. Ultimately, the robot diary provides a unique means of exploring, expressing, and sharing emotions, ideas and thoughts while promoting technological literacy and informal learning.
Social Robots
We are developing robots with personality.
The CMUcam Vision Sensor (CMUcam)
We have developed CMUcam - a new low-cost, low-power sensor for mobile robots.
Toy Robots Initiative
The Toy Robots Initiative aims to commercialize robotics technologies in the educational, toy and entertainment fields.