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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.
Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh’s Air Pollution
December 03, 2014. A system of four cameras, called Breathe Cam, now keeps a constant watch on air quality over Pittsburgh, providing citizens with a new interactive tool for monitoring and documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe and even tracing it back to its sources. Funded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, the camera system was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.
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.
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover “Andy”
November 24, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon’s pits, caves and polar ice.
Job With a Twist
November 17, 2014. Stephen Smith has found a twist to a sticky situation. A systems engineer who is studying in the Master of Science Robotics Systems Development program, he already has started one company and hopes to revolutionize the food industry by making it easier to clean out peanut butter jars and other food containers.
Martial Hebert Named Director of Robotics Institute
November 06, 2014. Martial Hebert, a leading researcher in computer vision and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University since 1984, will become director of the university’s Robotics Institute, effective as of Nov. 15, School of Computer Science Dean Andrew W. Moore announced.
Robotics Institute's Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney’s Latest Character
October 29, 2014. The pivotal character in Disney's new animated feature, "Big Hero 6," is a balloon-like robot called Baymax that was inspired by an inflatable robotic arm developed at the Robotics Institute. Soft robotics is a growing field of research at Carnegie Mellon University and beyond.
Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes
October 09, 2014. The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.
Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers
September 09, 2014. A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.
Photo Editing Tool Enables Object Images To Be Manipulated in 3-D
August 05, 2014. Editors of photos routinely resize objects, or move them up, down or sideways, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adding an extra dimension to photo editing by enabling editors to turn or flip objects any way they want, even exposing surfaces not visible in the original photograph.
Shrivastava Named 2014 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow
June 30, 2014. Abhinav Shrivastava, a PhD student in robotics, is one of a dozen computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics students who are 2014 recipients of the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.
Gupta Awarded Bosch Young Faculty Fellowship
June 30, 2014. Abhinav Gupta, assistant research professor in the Robotics Institute, is the recipient of a Bosch Young Faculty Fellowship to support his research on computer vision and large-scale visual learning.
Bagnell Receives Okawa Research Grant
June 25, 2014. Drew Bagnell, associate professor of robotics, is among the latest recipients of the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.
A Robot Practices His Moves
June 18, 2014. One lesson to be drawn from the stage debut of HERB, an acronym for Home Exploring Robot Butler, might be summarized by paraphrasing a legendary theatrical quote: “A system crash is easy. Comedy is hard.” The May 1 performance of David Ives’ “Sure Thing” by HERB and his human co-star, drama major Olivia Brown (A’15), was well-received by the audience. If not flawless, it at least generated laughs in all of the right places. But creating those 12 minutes of thespian magic in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre required months of preparation by an ad hoc team of researchers and students from the Robotics Institute and the School of Drama.
Alum Daniel Wilson’s “Robopocalypse” Sequel Now on Sale
June 10, 2014. “Robogenesis,” the latest novel from Robotics Institute Ph.D. alumnus Daniel H. Wilson, the latest novel from Robotics Institute Ph.D. alumnus Daniel H. Wilson, has debuted to positive reviews, with Boing Boing describing it as “a terrifying and technologically rigorous sequel” to his earlier bestseller, “Robopocalypse.”
Seegrid Hires MRSD Interns as Full-time Employees
May 12, 2014. Seegrid Corporation, the leader in vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), recently expanded its staff to meet product demand, hiring two Carnegie Mellon interns as full-time employees.
NASA Chooses Astrobotic for Lunar Lander Initiative
May 01, 2014. Astrobotic Technology, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon, has been selected as one of three companies that will partner with NASA to develop reliable and cost-effective lunar landing capabilities as part of the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST) initiative.
Girls of Steel Team Helps Construct Autodesk Robot
April 23, 2014. The robot-development skills of the Girls of Steel, a team of high-school-age girls from the Pittsburgh area, are being tested at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. Several team members, however, already have put those skills to practical use in helping to build a robot for Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software.
Robot Invites Humans to Play Mean Game of SCRABBLE
March 25, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a SCRABBLE-playing robot to explore what will cause people to engage with robots for extended periods and to enjoy it. The project anticipates the day when humans and robots will interact routinely at work and at home.