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Studying the Role Love Plays in an Engineering Project
June 27, 2016. The development of an electronic Braille writing tutor at a school for the blind in India has been a labor of love over the past decade for M. Bernardine Dias and her Carnegie Mellon University colleagues, students and staff. And for the past year, it has provided a research window into the role love plays in engineering.
Software Helps Create Sign Language Dictionaries, Voice-activated Games for Hearing Impaired
September 15, 2015. Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group today announced the release of open source software that can help educators of children with hearing disabilities create video dictionaries of sign languages and use games that encourage vocalization by children learning to speak.
Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius Prize
March 24, 2015. An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation.
Dias Wins Borg Early Career Award
July 23, 2012. M. Bernardine Dias, associate research professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and the founder and director of the TechBridgeWorld program, will receive the 2012 Borg Early Career Award from the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).
RI Alum Helps Launch African Robotics Initiative
May 03, 2012. IEEE Spectrum’s Automaton blog has written about G. Ayorkor Korsah (Phd, Robotics 2011), an assistant professor of computer science at Ashesi University in Ghana, and her key role in a new initiative to enhance robotics education, research, and industry in Africa. Korsah is an adviser to TechBridgeWorld and the main faculty contact for this summer’s iSTEP internship in Ghana.
Uruguay TV Features iSTEP Interns
August 05, 2011. Uruguay's leading television channel, Canal 10, recently featured students from the innovative Student Technology Experience (iSTEP), organized by the Robotics Institute's TechBridgeWorld. They worked with government education officials in Montevideo, Uruguay, this summer to develop new technological tools for teaching English in Uruguay high schools.
TechBridgeWorld Interns Develop English Literacy Tools
July 18, 2011. Seven students from Carnegie Mellon University’s campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Doha, Qatar, are working with government education officials in Montevideo, Uruguay, this summer to develop new technological tools for teaching English in Uruguay high schools. In cooperation with Uruguay’s National Administration of Public Education (ANEP), the students are developing applications for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop computer and for Facebook.
TechBridgeWorld Releases Specs, Software for Braille Writing Tutor
October 04, 2010. Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld program has publicly released the hardware specifications and software for its Braille Writing Tutor, an innovative device that helps visually impaired students learn the tricky task of writing Braille letters with a traditional slate and stylus. The specifications and software for the second generation of the device have been released under an MIT open source license and are available for download at
TechBridgeWorld Selects Yahoo! Fellow
March 24, 2010. Jonathan Muller, a first-year master's degree student in the School of Information Systems and Management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, has been selected as the Yahoo! iSTEP 2010 Fellow. Yahoo! is a corporate sponsor for this summer's iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) internship, which is a program organized by the TechBridgeWorld research group in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.
Interns Work To Assist Tanzanian Communities
August 31, 2009. Six Carnegie Mellon students and recent alumni spent the summer working on a unique internship that took many of them all the way to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.