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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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This page last updated - February 2013.
Past Projects [Current Projects]
3D Grid Maps for Mobile Robot Perception
We are developing a 3D grid approach to robot mapping that loves clutter.
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.
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
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
This project is investigating the use of a solar powered, autonomous airship for extended duration environmental sampling missions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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