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Biorobotics
Head: Howie Choset
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Location:
NSH A403
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Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes
October 09, 2014. The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.
Surgical Snake Robot To Be Marketed in Europe
March 31, 2014. Medrobotics Corp. has announced it will begin limited marketing in Europe of a robot-assisted surgical device that is based on the snake robot research of Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University professor of robotics. The Flex System is a flexible endoscopic system that enables surgeons to access and visualize hard-to-reach anatomical locations.
CMU Receives $7 Million for National Robotics Initiative Projects
October 24, 2013. Robotic rotorcraft for inspecting bridges and other infrastructure, tools for minimally invasive surgery that guide surgeons by creating 3D maps of internal organs and assistive robots for blind travelers are among seven new Carnegie Mellon University research projects sponsored through the National Robotics Initiative.
CMU Snake Robot Navigates Pipes of Nuclear Power Plant
July 09, 2013. Tests of a modular snake robot in an Austrian nuclear power plant proved the multi-jointed robot with a camera on its head can crawl through a variety of steam pipes and connecting vessels, suggesting it could be a valuable inspection tool, report researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. The snake robot was able to maneuver through multiple bends, slip through open valves and negotiate vessels with multiple openings. With a video camera and LED light on its head, the snake was able to peer into holes and get multiple views of items inside the pipes.
Bloomberg Businessweek Features CMU's Robot-Snake Charmer
January 04, 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek ran a profile on Howie Choset, professor of robotics, and about his pioneering work in building snake-like robots. “He is pushing his robots to operate in environments robots traditionally couldn’t work in — sand, debris, rubble,” says Daniel Goldman, a physics and biology researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology and research collaborator with Choset.
NSF's Innovation Nation Features Snakebots
June 07, 2011. Howie Choset, associate professor of robotics, and his snake robots were featured on a recent episode of the National Science Foundation's "Innovation Nation" video series.
Snakebot featured on "Colbert Report"
October 01, 2010. Comedian Stephen Colbert turned his satiric eye on robots, including Howie Choset's Snakebot, on the Sept. 30 edition of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." See the clip.
Snakebot Climbs a Tree!
The Biorobotics Lab sent Uncle Sam, the Snakebot, up a tree to have a look around.
September 14, 2010 - Length: 1:22