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Choset, Veloso Help Launch Science Robotics
December 06, 2016. Howie Choset, professor of robotics, and Manuela Veloso, head of the Machine Learning Department, are two of eight founding editorial board members of Science Robotics, the latest member of the Science family of journals.
Facebook to Acquire CMU Facial Analysis Spinoff
November 16, 2016. Facebook has agreed to acquire Faciometrics, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute that develops facial analysis software for mobile applications.
Kanade Receives 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology
November 10, 2016. Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, received the prestigious 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, Nov. 10 in a ceremony in Kyoto, Japan. The international award is presented by the Inamori Foundation to individuals such as Kanade who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind.
Robotics Industry Celebrates Dramatic Growth in Pittsburgh
October 12, 2016. Employment by Pittsburgh-area robotics firms has jumped from 700 to 2,200 people in the five years since President Barack Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) at the National Robotics Engineering Center, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle said. Doyle spoke at RoboPGH Day, an Oct. 12 event hosted by NREC spinoff Carnegie Robotics.
Carnegie Mellon Robots Featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes
October 07, 2016. A two-part report on artificial intelligence, featuring such Carnegie Mellon robots as CHIMP and an autonomous boat, will aired Oct. 9, on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Just Two Moving Parts
October 04, 2016. More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. The only other active moving part of the robot is the body itself. Its spherical induction motor (SIM) eliminates the mechanical drive systems used on previous ballbots and is less likely to suffer mechanical failures.
SpeckSensor Air Quality App Tracks Annual “Dirty Days”
September 02, 2016. A new feature for the SpeckSensor app enables users to see the number of “dirty days” when air quality has been unhealthy in a locale over the past year and to compare that number with other cities across the nation.
New Project Helps K-12 Students Become Fluent With Data and Technology
August 17, 2016. The future success of today’s students hinges more than ever on their ability to think critically, and creatively manipulate technology, media and data. Helping them achieve this level of fluency is the goal of a new project led by Carnegie Mellon University and sponsored by The Heinz Endowments.
CREATE Lab Expands Education Network Nationally
August 02, 2016. A program to empower students with technology by leveraging Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics and computer science talent with education expertise at partner universities is expanding beyond the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia region to include satellite labs in Georgia and Utah.
Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials Into 3-D Shapes
July 18, 2016. A new computational design tool can turn a flat sheet of plastic or metal into a complex 3-D shape, such as a mask, a sculpture or even a lady’s high-heel shoe. Researchers at the Robotics Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), say the tool enables designers to fully and creatively exploit an unusual quality of certain materials — the ability to expand uniformly in two dimensions.
Robot And Mathematical Models Suggest How Animals Moved 360 Million Years Ago
July 07, 2016. Could a tail have allowed ancient vertebrates to make the transition from water to land? Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis report in the journal Science this week on the results of a groundbreaking study to answer this question using amphibious fish, robots and mathematical models of movement.
Studying the Role Love Plays in an Engineering Project
June 27, 2016. The development of an electronic Braille writing tutor at a school for the blind in India has been a labor of love over the past decade for M. Bernardine Dias and her Carnegie Mellon University colleagues, students and staff. And for the past year, it has provided a research window into the role love plays in engineering.
Kanade Wins 2016 Kyoto Prize
June 17, 2016. The Inamori Foundation has named Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, citing his pioneering contributions to computer vision and robotics.
Girls of Steel Host Women and STEM Symposium
May 27, 2016. The Girls of Steel team sponsored by the Field Robotics Center hosted more than 70 middle school girls on campus for the “Aspiring Young Women in Robotics and STEM” symposium, which included a speaker series, workshops, robot demonstrations, and a tour May 22. Participants hailed from 33 different schools from districts in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland and Union Counties.
RoboTutor Receives ProSEED Grant
May 18, 2016. The RoboTutor project, which is developing educational software for teaching basic literacy and numeracy to children with little access to teachers, has received a ProSEED grant from Carnegie Mellon’s Simon Initiative. Jack Mostow, emeritus research professor in the Robotics Institute, and Amy Ogan and John Stamper, both assistant professors in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, are leading RoboTutor, which is competing for the Global Learning XPrize.
Robots Get Creative To Cut Through The Clutter
May 18, 2016. Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they’re beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator. The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot’s creativity in solving problems.
Robot’s In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand’s Location
May 16, 2016. Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to the robot’s hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world.
Navy tests sub-hunting drone ship
April 02, 2016. Navy tests sub-hunting drone ship.
Robotics Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
April 25, 2016. A team of Daniel Maturana and Sankalp Arora, both Ph.D. students in the Robotics Institute, was one of just eight nationwide to win a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Each winning team receives $100,000 and will be mentored by Qualcomm engineers.
NREC Named Semi-Finalist in Blueberry Harvesting Competition
March 28, 2016. A team from CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center has been named one of four semi-finalists and awarded $10,000 in the Naturipe Blue Challenge, a contest to develop innovative technologies for harvesting blueberries. Blueberries sold as fresh fruit now must be picked by hand. Naturipe will select which of the semi-final teams – or combinations of teams – will be funded to further develop and potentially implement their ideas.
DOE Selects Robotics Institute For Environmental Remediation Training
March 16, 2016. The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management has selected Carnegie Mellon University to provide specialized training for graduate students in robotics to support environmental remediation of nuclear sites.
Eyes on the Road
March 15, 2016. Pavement riddled with cracks, graffiti on stop signs, icy surfaces that need rock salt: Municipalities must respond to road infrastructure problems that are changing constantly. Christoph Mertz, Robotics Institute principal project scientist, is researching how a smartphone could be a solution for all these issues, and more.
NREC Selected For Research Projects Totaling More Than $11 Million
March 08, 2016. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) has been selected as a prime contractor or subcontractor on four major new federal research projects totaling more than $11 million over the next three years. The projects range from research on a wheel that can transform into a track to automated stress testing for critical software.
CMU, Airviz Will Make Air Quality Monitors Available to Libraries
March 15, 2016. Learning about the quality of the air you breathe should be as easy and inexpensive as borrowing a book from a library, and that’s why Carnegie Mellon University researchers plan to provide free Speck air quality monitors to 100 public libraries nationwide.
Yahoo News With Katie Couric Features HERB
March 11, 2016. As part of a Rising Cities report on Pittsburgh, Katie Couric's crew visited the Personal Robotics Lab to learn about HERB, the home exploring robot butler. Watch the online video.
"Moon Shot" Web Series Profiles GLXP Teams
March 03, 2016. The Robotics Institute’s Red Whittaker and the Andy lunar rover were on hand when Google, in partnership with Bad Robot and Epic Digital, premiered the new documentary series, Moon Shot at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, March 14. The series, including episode one featuring Red and Team Astrobotic, is available online for free.
Abhinav Gupta Wins Sloan Research Fellowship
February 23, 2016. Abhinav Gupta, an assistant professor of robotics who specializes in computer vision and large-scale visual learning, is among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers chosen as recipients of the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships.
CMU’s CHIMP Featured on NOVA’s “Rise of the Robots”
February 23, 2016. Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Rescue Team and its CHIMP robot are featured in “Rise of the Robots,” the Feb. 24 episode of PBS’s NOVA.The episode of the long-running science series looks at the current state of robots with human-like capabilities and considers the enormous challenges that remain before humanoid robots and semi-humanoids such as CHIMP are ready to become part of our everyday lives.
Autonomous Ground Vehicles and Aircraft Demonstrate New Collaborative Capabilities for Keeping Warfighters Safe
January 19, 2016. Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots are capable of performing complex, cooperative missions.
Sutherland’s ‘Trojan Cockroach’ Celebrated in Posner Center Exhibit
January 14, 2016. A six-legged walking robot built at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s under the leadership of noted alumnus Ivan Sutherland is the subject of an exhibit opening Jan. 15 at the university’s Posner Center. The exhibit, “Ivan Sutherland’s Trojan Cockroach,” was developed by Daniel Pillis, a master’s degree student in the College of Arts, and tells the story not only of walking robots, but also computer graphics and the origins of the technology underlying modern advances in robots
Carnegie Mellon Makes Facial Image Analysis Software Available to Researchers
December 16, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Sensing Laboratory will celebrate the new year by making available to fellow researchers its advanced software for tracking facial features and recognizing emotions, filling a gap that has slowed development for real-time facial image analysis applications.