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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 Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
"Lo and Behold" Screening Set for July 29
July 21, 2016. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Werner Herzog’s new documentary featuring several Carnegie Mellon researchers and projects, will be screened by Pittsburgh Filmmakers at the Regent Square Theater at 7:30 p.m. July 29. Three of the researchers in the film – NREC’s Mike Vande Weghe, ECE’s Raj Rajkumar, and Psychology’s Marcel Just – will be on hand for a Q&A. Advance tickets are available online.
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.
Nearby Nature Project Empowers Students To Monitor Their Environment
December 09, 2015. The Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab will launch an educational project next year called Nearby Nature that will enable middle school and high school students in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to study scientific phenomena in almost any outdoor space, in both built and natural settings.
Stelian Coros Wins Intel Early Career Award
December 02, 2015. Stelian Coros, an assistant professor of robotics, is one of just six recipients of the 2015 Intel Early Career Faculty Award, which honors faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies.
Computer System Will Be an Angel on Your Shoulder, Whispering Advice, Instruction
December 01, 2015. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are building a computer system called Gabriel that, like the angel that is its namesake, will seemingly look over a person’s shoulder and whisper instructions for tasks as varied as repairing industrial equipment, resuscitating a patient or assembling IKEA furniture.
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.
Shenango Channel Provides Online Resource For Sharing Images, Data About Coke Plant
November 16, 2015. Citizens and government officials are using a new online resource, the Shenango Channel, that uses Carnegie Mellon University computer technology to share, compile and analyze images and air quality data related to a coke plant on Allegheny County’s Neville Island.
Web Tool Helps People Visualize, Make Sense of Large Complex Datasets
November 10, 2015. Datasets for everything from gene expression to employment demographics are growing so large and complex that automated methods sometimes seem the only way to glean knowledge from them. But a new web-based tool being developed at Carnegie Mellon University provides the option to keep human judgment and intuition in the analytic loop.
System Helps Novices Design 3D-Printable Robotic Creatures
November 09, 2015. Even a novice can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf servo motors with the help of a new design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University.
SpeckSensor App Compares Air Quality Locally and Across the Nation
November 02, 2015. A new smartphone app called SpeckSensor allows users to get up-to-date Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers for their current location and for other locales of their choosing, enabling them to quickly see if the air they are breathing is healthy and how it compares to other sites.
IBM Research, Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform To Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings
October 15, 2015. Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University have announced the first open source platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings.
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.