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Field Robotics Center (FRC)
FRC
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
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This page last updated - February 2013.
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Advanced Sensor Based Defect Management at Construction Sites
This research project builds on, combines and extends the advances in generating 3D environments using laser scanners.
Assistive Educational Technology
This project seeks to design, create, implement, test, and deploy interactive computer games and automated tutoring systems to motivate and enhance the education of children who are visually impaired or deaf.
Autonomous Ground Vehicle Design
Pursuing high speed navigation of unrehearsed terrain in pursuit of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge
Autonomous Mobile Assembly
The ACE project is concerned with autonomous mobile assembly.
CTA Robotics
This project adresses the problems of scene interpretation and path planning for mobile robot navigation in natural environment.
Cluster: Coordinated Robotics for Material Handling
Planetary robots which perform assembly tasks to prepare for human exploration must be able to operate in unmodeled environments and in unanticipated situations. We are working on a system of mobile robots that perform precise coordinated maneuvers for transporting assembly materials. We are also developing an interface that allows an operator to step in at various levels of autonomy, providing the system with both the efficiency of an autonomous system and the reliability of a human operator.
Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops
CASC is a multi-institutional initiative led by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute to comprehensively address the needs of specialty agriculture focusing on apples and horticultural stock.
DEPTHX: Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer
The DEPTHX: Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer project is developing an autonomy for underwater explorers to enable them to map their environment and plan and execute science investigations. The DEPTHX vehicle will explore the flooded caverns of the Zacaton Cenote in Mexico in 2006.
Dismount Control Project
We are deveopling Dismount, a system used to track position of an individual and programming a robot to follow it.
Distributed Robot Architectures
The primary objective of this project is to develop fundamental capabilities that enable multiple, distributed, heterogeneous robots to coordinate tasks that cannot be accomplished by the robots individually.
Distributed SensorWebs
The Sensor Web initiative develops and implements wireless technology for distributed sensing and actuation in horticultural enterprises.
EMBER
The Ember project uses multi-agent teams, comprised of autonomous and human agents, to achieve effective results under emergency situations.
Enhanced Real Time Motion Planning
This project aims to generate new representations and algorithms to improve on-road motion planning.
Enhanced Road Network Data from Overhead Imagery
This project aims to enhance existing digital maps by extracting structure from aerial images.
EventScope
EventScope's goal is to develop a teaching tool that lets students actively explore 3D representations of NASA mission sites while participating in a cross-disciplinary curriculum that illustrates scientific theories and principles with real-world data from the site.
Expeditionary Target Identification and Exchange System
we are developing ETIES, a modular software system that provides for target identification, handoff, and engagement.
Ferret
We have developed a mine mapping robot.
Google Lunar X Prize
We are part of a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth.
Human Odometer
We are developing the Human Odometer - a system designed for situational awareness for firefighter tracking.
Land Mine Detection and Neutralization
Life in the Atacama
Robotic field investigation will bring new scientific understanding of the Atacama as a habitat for life with distinct analogies to Mars.
Lunar Ice Discovery Initiative
Icebreaker is a proposed mission to explore the south pole of the Moon.
Lunar Regolith Excavation and Transport
This research develops lightweight robotic excavators for digging and transporting regolith (loose soil) on the Moon.
Lunar Rover for Polar Crater Exploration
The Scarab lunar rover has been designed to carry a 1-meter coring drill and a payload of science instruments that can analyze the abundance of hydrogen, oxygen and other materials.
Mars Autonomy
Long-distance marsrover navigation with minimal human intervention.
Motion Free Scanning Radar
We incorporate the current state of the art in non-mechanical scanning antenna technology with advanced millimeter-wave ranging technology to enable a small, reliable, and affordable imaging-radar sensor with no moving parts. Sensors will be demonstrated on the sponsor's equipment in typical operating scenarios and environments.
NavPal
Safe and independent navigation of urban environments is a key feature of accessible cities. People who have physical challenges need practical, customizable, low-cost and easily-deployable mobility aids to help them safely navigate urban environments. Technology tools provide opportunities to empower people with disabilities to overcome some day-to-day challenges. Our work focuses on designing, implementing, testing and deploying a smart mobile phone-based personalized navigation aid (NavPal) to enhance the navigation capability and thereby the independence and safety of visually impaired and deafblind people. The goal of the project is to use the smart phone navigation application to assist visually impaired and deafblind people to safely evacuate specific buildings in emergency situations. NavPal is a joint effort of TechBridgeWorld and the rCommerce lab, two research groups in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Google Inc.
Pioneer
Robots for Chornobyl Stabilization
Robust Detection of Highway Work Zones
This project is developing computer vision algorithms to detect and classify highway work zones.
Science Autonomy
The Science Autonomy project seeks to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of robotic planetary investigations by enabling automatic detection of relevant science features, classification of feature properties, and exploration planning that responds on-the-fly.
Sense and Avoid
We are developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that sense and avoid autonomously.
TechCaFE
TechCaFE (Technology for Customizable and Fun Education) is a TechBridgeWorld program that provides educators with simple and customizable tools to make learning fun for students. TechCaFE currently offers tools for teaching and practicing English literacy. This includes CaFE Teach, a web-accessible content authoring tool that teachers use to create and modify English grammar exercises. Students learn content added by teachers through CaFE Teach via CaFE Web, a web-based practice tool, or CaFE Phone, a mobile phone game. Future work involves developing CaFE Play for customizing educational games. TechBridgeWorld has worked with or is currently working with primary school and university students, deaf and hard-of-hearing students and migrant workers, in Bangladesh, Qatar, Tanzania and the United States
Unmanned Ground Vehicle for Security
We are developing autonomous ATVs to secure borders and facility perimeters.
VISTA
On the Vista project we are developing devices that image upto a full 360 degrees in azimuth. The imagery we are getting is ideal for estimation of egomotion (localization) as well as for extracting shape from a sequence of images.
iSTEP
iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) is a TechBridgeWorld program that provides Carnegie Mellon students with real-world experience in applying their knowledge and skills for creative problem solving in unfamiliar settings. The multidisciplinary iSTEP team is comprised of a mix of undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from various departments at Carnegie Mellon. The students work in a globally-distributed team with some members working from campus with others living and working at the overseas partner location. Together with TechBridgeWorld, the iSTEP team collaborates on technology research projects for underserved communities with local partners. The iSTEP internship locations include Tanzania in 2009, Bangladesh in 2010 and Uruguay in 2011 with projects in assistive technology, literacy tools and information exchange.