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Robotics Takes Center Stage at LaunchCMU
June 13, 2014. LaunchCMU's latest cycle shone a bright light on how robotics technology originating at Carnegie Mellon University is making a successful impact in the marketplace. The Silicon Valley showcase of cutting-edge technology, research and innovation brought together venture capitalists, investment experts, CMU startups, faculty and alumni.
NREC and Sikorsky Will Pair Unmanned Ground Vehicle with Autonomous Helicopter
June 03, 2014. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to show that an autonomous helicopter and a driverless ground vehicle can work together to autonomously survey a contaminated site.
DARPA Selects Tartan Rescue Team For 2014 Robotics Challenge Funding
December 21, 2013. The Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center ranked third among teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials this weekend in Homestead, Fla., and was selected by the agency as one of eight teams eligible for DARPA funding to prepare for next December’s Finals.
CHIMP Robot Prepares For DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials
December 13, 2013. It’s only been a few weeks since Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) completed assembly of its four-limbed CHIMP robot, but the Tartan Rescue Team has high hopes for the robot’s performance at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials Dec. 20-21. “We’ve been on a fast track for the past year, doing detailed design and development of CHIMP at the same time as we were writing and testing its software on surrogate hardware,” said Tony Stentz, NREC director and leader of the Tartan Rescue Team.
Curiosity Completes Two-Day Drive Using CMU Navigation Software
October 31, 2013. Using autonomous navigation software first developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity this week completed its first two-day autonomous drive, a new technique that enables the mobile laboratory to cover ground faster.
Carnegie Mellon's CHIMP Will Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials
July 11, 2013. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced that a team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is one of six Track A teams chosen to compete this December in trials for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. DARPA announced the trials will be Dec. 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida and will be open to the public.
NREC's Robotic Paint-stripping System Is Edison Award Winner
May 06, 2013. A robotic paint-stripping system being developed by Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation of Johnstown, Pa., was named a Gold winner in the materials science category of the 2013 Edison Awards, announced April 25 at an awards ceremony in Chicago.
Human-Scale CHIMP Robot Has Four Limbs, But Moves Like a Tank
March 12, 2013. A team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Robotics Challenge — a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs. Though the appearance of the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, or CHIMP, is vaguely simian, its normal mode of locomotion will be much like that of a tank, with the tracks of all four limbs on the ground.
CMU To Develop Robots for Anglo American PLC
January 09, 2013. Carnegie Mellon University has signed a five-year master agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies, London-based Anglo American PLC, to develop robotic technologies for mining.
NREC Will Help Develop Autonomous ASW Vessel
January 02, 2013. The Robotics Institute's National Robotics Engineering Center is part of a team assembled by prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to design, build and test an unmanned autonomous surface vessel that can track a diesel-electric submarine for months and over thousands of kilometers with minimal supervision. The SAIC has released a YouTube video showing how this new type of craft could be deployed.
NREC and CTC To Develop Paint-Stripping System for Aircraft
November 26, 2012. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) of Johnstown, Pa., are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Ogden Air Logistics Center 309 AMXG to develop and demonstrate a robotic system that uses high-powered lasers to remove coatings from fighter and cargo aircraft.
Two CMU Teams to Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge
October 24, 2012. Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University will field two teams in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition in which robots will perform complex, physically challenging tasks as they respond to disaster scenarios in human-engineered environments, such as nuclear power plants.
RI Software Helps Guide Curiosity Rover
August 09, 2012. Now that NASA has successfully landed its Curiosity rover on Mars, a version of Carnegie Mellon University navigation software will help guide the robot during its mission to determine if Mars ever could have supported life. The software is a version of Field D*, which was first developed at the Robotics Institute in 2000 by Tony Stentz, now director of the National Robotics Engineering Center. Stentz will discuss CMU's contributions to the mission on KDKA-TV's "Sunday Business Page" at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 12.
Obama Announces Robotics, Manufacturing Initiatives at NREC
June 24, 2011. President Barack Obama came to the Robotics Institute’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville on Friday to launch a major manufacturing initiative, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Part of the plan is a new National Robotics Initiative, in which the National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Agriculture will make $70 million available to support research in next-generation robots. He also taped his weekly video address during his visit to NREC, including a mention of RedZone Robotics.
NREC Developing Robot for Monitoring Offshore Oil/Gas Facility
July 16, 2010. The Robotics Institute's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Shell Development Kashagan B.V., (SDK) are developing a human-sized, wheeled robot to perform simple inspection tasks of offshore oil and gas production facilities in the giant Kashagan field of the Caspian Sea.
Robotics Academy Launches $7 Million Educational Initiative
July 13, 2010. A new four-year, $7 million educational initiative by Carnegie Mellon University will leverage students’ innate interest in robots and other forms of “hard fun” to increase U.S. enrollments in computer science and steer more young people into scientific and technological careers.
Robotics Academy Develops Associate Degree
February 23, 2009. More than two dozen industry partners have joined with Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh-area universities and community colleges to create an associate degree program that will train technicians to build and maintain robots and other embedded computer systems, which have become ubiquitous in today’s world.
Carnegie Mellon Developing Automated Systems To Enable Precision Farming of Apples, Oranges
November 19, 2008. Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build automated farming systems.
Electric Cable Differential (ECD) Leg
Jonathan Hurst's Electric Cable Differential (ECD) Leg demo.
October 01, 2008 - Length: 01:20
Scarab
Scarab proves itself on Earth before being sent to the moon.
August 13, 2008 - Length: 01:15