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Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems (CIMDS)
CIMDS
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
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Adaptive Traffic Light Signalization
As part of the Traffic21 initiative at CMU, we are investigating the design and application of adaptive traffic signal control strategies for urban road networks.
MORSE
The MORSE project is a simulated range operation, designed to evaluate effectiveness of the cognitive models and agents, in order to improve individual and team performance.
Partial Order Scheduling Procedures
We are investigating the development, analysis and application of optimizing search procedures for generating plans and schedules that retain temporal flexibility
Pleiades
A project aimed at developing methods for automating negotiation among agents and implementing effective machine learning techniques.
Product Decomposition
a method of decomposing sheet-metal products into a few, easily manufactured parts
RETSINA Semantic Web Calendar Agent
We are Retsina Semantic Web Calendar Agent to assist in organizing and scheduling meetings between several individuals, and coordinating these meetings based on existing schedules maintained by MS Outlook.
Real-Time Scheduling of ACCESS Paratransit Transportation
The goal of this project is to increase the effectiveness of paratransit service providers in managing daily operations through the development and deployment of dynamic, real-time scheduling technology.
Reusable Environment for Task Structured Intelligent Network Agents
An architecture for developing distributed intelligent software agents that cooperate asynchronously to perform goal-directed information retrieval and information integration in support of a varie
Stacking Planner
Generates plans for polyhedral sheet metal parts.
Tooling Planner
Supports various decision making steps related to bending tools and press-brake setups.
Urban Search and Rescue
We are developing Hybrid Teams of Autonomous Agents: Cyber Agents, Robots and People (CARPs) to address the challenges of urban search and rescue.
WARREN
The WARREN system is a multi-agent application that is designed to help users monitor and manage their financial portfolio.
WebMate
A personal agent for World-Wide Web browsing that enhances searches and learns user interests.
Weld Sequence Planning
Many manufacturing processes require considerable setup time and offer a large potential for schedule compression. For example, Pratt&Miller Inc. constructed a military spec HMMWV welded spaceframe with best-practice methods, this took 89 billable hours — cutting square tubes, preparing them for welding, and then performing the final welding tasks to build the structure. On analysis, we discovered that the time actually spent on constructive processes was only 3% (slightly over two hours) of that total. Thus 97% of the overall time can potentially be eliminated. We built a system to exploit this opportunity that includes a welding robot, an augmented reality projection system and a laser displacement sensor. To test the system, we fabricated a custom variant of a HMMWV welded spaced frame where pre-process tasks were automated: BOM acquisition, component preparation, sequence planning, weld parameter optimization, fixture planning, workpiece localization and finally automated work assignments were delegated to a robot and a person. In the end, we were able to make the custom welded product nearly 9x faster than was previously possible. This achievement also translates economically to the bottom line because the cost of raw materials was only 6% of the total costs. This talk will highlight the technical achievements that made this possible.