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H. Benjamin Brown
Project Scientist, RI
Office: NSH 4631
Phone: (412) 268-7658
Fax: 412-268-6436
  Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
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Current Projects [Past Projects]
Bow Leg Hopper
A novel, single-leg, dynamically stabilized planar robot that efficiently traverses rugged terrains under computer control.
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.
Dynamic Climbing
The goal of this project is to show how robots can gain access to difficult-to-reach places by taking full advantage of their dynamics and the potential reaction forces afforded by the environment. We build robots that use dynamic motions to climb vertically using frictional contact forces.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot - Very Low Cost (EODR-VLC)
We are deveopling a suite of highly capable mobile robots for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and First Responders which are very low in total ownership costs.
Factory Automation
We are developing the next generation of mobile robots for operating in the factory environments. These mobile robots can localize without modifying the factory and navigate any path in the factory, with the ability to replan paths to avoid unexpected obstacles. These new capabilities will increase the throughput of the factories, as well as decrease the time required to deploy (and re-deploy) the robots into the factory.
A Single-Wheel, Gyroscopically stabilized Robot
Highly-Articulated Robotic Probe (HARP)
We developed and tested a prototype based on an innovative approach of a highly articulated robotic probe.
LSTAT/Snake Robot
We are working with the US Army's TATRC department (Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center) to integrate a snake robot into the LSTAT system.
Heterogeneous group of small autonomous robots with modular payloads and sensing platforms
Modular Snake Robots
Snake Robot Design
Analyzing the factors that are of importance in designing a snake robot, and implementing new designs.
Telepresence Robot Kit (TeRK)
To design, create, and disseminate robotics curricula and technologies that motivate young women and men to actively explore science and technology.
Toy Robots Initiative
The Toy Robots Initiative aims to commercialize robotics technologies in the educational, toy and entertainment fields.