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Field Robotics Center (FRC)
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
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3D Grid Maps for Mobile Robot Perception
We are developing a 3D grid approach to robot mapping that loves clutter.
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.
We are developing the Ambler, a six-legged walking robot that addresses the challenges of exploring rugged terrains, acquiring samples, and avoiding dangerous situations.
As-Built Survey Project
We are investigating the real-time monitoring of construction sites.
Asbestos Pipe-Insulation Removal Robot System
External pipe-crawling asbestos-removal robot
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 Cargo Trailer Transport System
automated system for handling USPS mail trailers
Autonomous Rover Technologies
Pursuing breakthroughs and insights into fundamental aspects of robot perception, navigation, position estimation, and integrated exploratory science from a robot.
Big Signal
We are developing multidisciplinary projects that allow the public to remotely experience places they could not otherwise visit.
Cognitive Colonies
We are developing the basic principles that will best govern a group of robots trying to do useful work in difficult and hazardous environments.
Coordination for Disaster Response
This project seeks to design, implement, and test technology tools to improve the effectiveness of team coordination in disaster response scenarios.
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.
We deveopled Daedalus, a six-legged frame-walker with efficient redundant drive systems, for extreme terrain missions as part of the Lunar Rover Initiative.
Dante I
Dante II
Planetary Exploration
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.
Education e-Village
To address the need for relevant, accessible and useful resources to enhance technology education in developing regions, TechBridgeWorld initiated Education e-Village (E-Village). E-Village is an online community where educators from around the world can share ideas, experiences, expertise, educational resources, and strategies to promote and enhance technology education. The concept for E-Village began with an introductory robotics course co-taught at Ashesi University in Ghana. Partnerships with educators from universities around the world have greatly impacted research on this project. The E-Village prototype was designed based on educator feedback from universities in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States
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.
This project is investigating the use of a solar powered, autonomous airship for extended duration environmental sampling missions.
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.
We have developed a mine mapping robot.
Greenhouse Automation
Learning to Classify Plants Using Computer Vision
Ground Pressure Measurement System
measures ground pressure as experienced by a land mine
Highly Mobile Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle
Autonomous cross-country navigation
Reconfigurable in-tank mobile cleanup robot
Human Odometer
We are developing the Human Odometer - a system designed for situational awareness for firefighter tracking.
In-tank inspection mobile robot system
reconfigurable robot system for in-situ visual and ultrasonic inspections
Inflatable Rover Technologies
We are developing inflatable rovers for exploration of extreme terrains.
LORAX: Life on Ice, Robotic Antarctic Explorer
The LORAX: Life on Ice, Robotic Antarctic Explorer project is preparing technology for a robotic investigation of microorganisms surviving within the near-surface ice of the Antarctic plateau.
Land Mine Detection and Neutralization
Lunar Rover Initiative
first interactive space exploration event
Lunar Rover Navigation
Carnegie Mellon researchers are creating the prototype for a new lunar rover that can navigate rugged terrain autonomously and under supervisory control over thousands of kilometers of terrain. As part of this Lunar Rover Initiative, the LRD Navigation Group is developing the navigation system of the rover.
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.
Neptune II
Underwater Robot
Operator Interface for Robotic Applications
an operator control station and interface which maximizes operator comfort and productivity
Perception for Rock Sampling
We are developing a set of perception modules for extracting the potential samples from visual data, building models of their shapes, and using the models to pick up and store the sample.
Robots for Chornobyl Stabilization
We are developing a software control system for cross country autonomous vehicles called RANGER, for Real-time Autonomous Navigator with a Geometric Engine.
Robotic All Terrain Lunar Exploration Rover
Ratler is a battery-powered, four-wheeled, skid-steered vehicle used as a testbed to develop the remote driving techniques needed for a lunar mission.
Robotic Antarctic Meteorite Search
Developing robots to search for meteorites in Antarctica, as an analog of a planetary exploration robot.
Robotic soccer-ball kicking leg
experimental soccer- ball kicking robot for a large sports-shoe company
Robust Navigation by Probabilistic Volumetric Sensing
We are developing sensor-based software for utility mobile robots used in industrial transport, floor maintenance, security, etc.
Robot for Decontamination and Dismantlement
Skyworker is an assembly, inspection, and maintenance robot that will softly and autonomously transport and manipulate payloads of kilograms to tons over kilometer distances.
Solar Blade Solar Sail
CMU is embarking on an effort to fly the first solar sail, a spacecraft that utilizes solar radiation pressure as its only means of propulsion and attitude control.
Sun Synchronous Navigation
We are developing the algorithms, technologies, and experiments that will fulfill the vision of sun-synchronous circumnavigation.
TRESTLE: Autonomous Assembly by Teams of Coordinated Robots
The TRESTLE project is developing the architectural framework necessary to coordinate robots performing complex assembly projects.
Tartan Racing
Carnegie Mellon University is teaming with General Motors to compete in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.
Terrain Mapping
We have developed an algorithm to build elevation maps from range images, accounting for the desired resolution and the current sensor orientation.
Space Shuttle Tile Inspector
Urban Challenge
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.