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Strategy Based on Human Reflexes May Keep Legged Robots and Prosthetic Legs From Tripping
November 18, 2015. Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics, but a robotic leg prosthesis being developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.
"RoboTutor" Team Building Software To Teach Basic Skills Without a Teacher
November 17, 2015. Can children learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic without a teacher or classroom, relying only on tablet computers, each other and some intelligent software? A team of educational researchers from Carnegie Mellon University aims to find out in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.
Embedded Optical Sensors Could Make Robotic Hands More Dexterous
September 28, 2015. Optical sensors may be uniquely suited for use in robotic hands, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with multiple embedded fiber optic sensors. They also have created a new type of stretchable optical sensor.
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.
Robotics Institute Welcomes New Faculty Members
September 14, 2015.
Faculty Will Share Visions Of Robots, A.I., and Big Data at “Summer Davos”
September 03, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University is sending the largest delegation of any university to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, next week, along with robots and Big Data visualization demonstrations that will run throughout the three-day event.
Moore Named One of 50 Most Powerful People in Pittsburgh
September 02, 2015. Pittsburgh magazine’s annual listing of the 50 Most Powerful People includes Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science and a professor of robotics and computer science.
Manuela Veloso Will Keynote Grace Hopper Celebration
August 11, 2015. Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Oct. 14-16 in Houston.
Depth-sensing Camera Gleans 3-D Information In Bright Sunlight as Well as Darkness
August 10, 2015. Depth-sensing cameras, such as Microsoft’s Kinect controller for video games, have become widely used 3-D sensors. Now, a new imaging technology invented by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto addresses a major shortcoming of these cameras: the inability to work in bright light, especially sunlight.
CMU Wins 5th International RoboCup Championship
July 28, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s robot soccer team took home its fifth world championship without allowing a single goal at the 2015 RoboCup on July 22 in Heifi, China. The CMDragons won the final round of the Small Size League (SSL) 5-0 over MRL, a team from Qazvin Islamic Azad University in Iran.
CHIMP Robot Gets Ready For DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
May 26, 2015. “Faster” is the byword for the Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) as it makes final preparations for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals June 5-6.
Hear Me 101 Student Documentaries Premiere May 14
May 12, 2015. Students from three local high schools will screen documentary videos they produced through the CREATE Lab's Hear Me 101 Project at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Screening Room on Thursday evening, May 14, after which they will be available for online viewing at
An Unpowered Exoskeleton Springs Into Action: Researchers Increase Walking Efficiency
April 01, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s Steve Collins and his collaborator Greg Sawicki at North Carolina State University have discovered a way to make humans more efficient at walking. In a new report in the journal Nature, they describe a lightweight, unpowered, wearable exoskeleton they developed to reduce the energy cost of human walking.
Girls of Steel Team Wins Chairman’s Award in Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition
April 01, 2015. The Girls of Steel, a team of teen-aged girls sponsored by the Field Robotics Center, won the Chairman’s Award at the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in Cleveland March 28, qualifying the team for its fifth consecutive trip to the FRC Championship, April 22-25, in St. Louis, Mo.
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.
International Competitors Join CMU Teams in DARPA Robotics Challenge
March 05, 2015. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has qualified 14 additional teams, including competitors from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, China and South Korea, to join teams from Carnegie Mellon University and elsewhere in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, June 5-6 in Pomona, Calif.
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.
Robotics Institute Style: Alums’ App Provides Tool for Fashionistas
January 05, 2015. Robotics Institute alumnus Henry Kang used the subject of his Ph.D. research, image-based object recognition, to help create an iPhone app, StyleIt, that gives users advice on how to create stylish outfits.
Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins Milestone Prize
December 16, 2014. The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced today that Andy, a four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University, is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.
Okawa Foundation Awards Research Grant To Yong-Lae Park
December 15, 2014. Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and the founder of the Soft Robotics and Bionics Lab, is among the latest recipients of the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.