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National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Autonomous Robotics Manipulation
Carnegie Mellon’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM-S) team develops software that autonomously performs complex manipulation tasks.
NREC designed and developed the Crusher vehicle to support the UPI program's rigorous field experimentation schedule.
DRC Tartan Rescue Team
During the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, robots weren’t able to inspect the facility, assess damage, and fix problems. DARPA wants to change this.
LNG Pipe Vision
A pipe-crawling robot visually inspects pipes in liquid natural gas (LNG) plants for corrosion.
Safety for UGVs
A flexible, behavior-based approach to safety lowers the risk of operating a large, fast-moving UGV.
Sensabot Inspection Robot
NREC is developing an inspection robot for use in oil and gas production plants.
Specialty Crop Automation
The Integrated Automation for Sustainable Specialty Crops Farming project teams the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), the University of Florida, Cornell University and John Deere to bring precision agriculture and autonomous equipment to citrus growers.
With development of the Spinner unmanned ground vehicle, an NREC-led team delivered technical breakthroughs in mobility, mission endurance and payload fraction.
Strawberry Plant Sorter
NREC is developing an automated, machine vision-based strawberry plant sorter.
Stress Testing Autonomous Systems
Stress Tests for Autonomy Architectures (STAA) finds autonomy system safety problems that are unlikely to be discovered by other types of tests.
Sweep Monitoring
NREC developed the Sweep Monitoring System (SMS) for training soldiers and demining personnel to use hand-held land mine detectors.
Teleoperation Booth
NREC has developed an immersive teleoperation system that allows operators to remotely drive an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) more effectively over complex terrain.
Temporal Segmentation of Human Motion
Temporal segmentation of human motion
Traffic Data Analysis
NREC and FHWA are developing techniques for automatically analyzing large amounts of video collected from vehicles traveling on highways.
Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)
We are developing a robotic phenotyping systems for phenotyping crops for rapid breeding decisions. This system positions sensors within the canopy for measurements not observable from above or below. Machine learning and computer vision algorithms are then used to generate phenotyping data from the raw sensor data.
Tree Inventory
A tree inventory system uses vehicle-mounted sensors to automatically count and map the locations of trees in an orchard.
Tunnel Mapping
NREC is pioneering research and development of a low power, small, lightweight system for producing accurate 3D maps of tunnels through its Precision Tunnel Mapping program.
Urban Challenge
Carnegie Mellon University and General Motors built an autonomous SUV that won first place in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.
We are exploring a mix of physics-based and data driven high fidelity sensor modeling techniques. The goal is to develop a system that can provide much more realistic UGV simulation than current techniques. Such simulation will play a crucial role in speeding up the development cycle, and in validating platforms. Sponsored by the US ACE ERDC.