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Personal Robotics
Head: Siddhartha Srinivasa
Contact: Siddhartha Srinivasa
Mailing address:
Carnegeie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Location:
NSH 4502
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
 Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
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This page last updated - July 2013.
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A Robot Practices His Moves
June 18, 2014. One lesson to be drawn from the stage debut of HERB, an acronym for Home Exploring Robot Butler, might be summarized by paraphrasing a legendary theatrical quote: “A system crash is easy. Comedy is hard.” The May 1 performance of David Ives’ “Sure Thing” by HERB and his human co-star, drama major Olivia Brown (A’15), was well-received by the audience. If not flawless, it at least generated laughs in all of the right places. But creating those 12 minutes of thespian magic in the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre required months of preparation by an ad hoc team of researchers and students from the Robotics Institute and the School of Drama.
Dragan Receives Intel PhD Fellowship
November 05, 2013. Anca Dragan, a Ph.D student in the Robotics Institute since 2009, is one of 15 U.S. students chosen for the 2013-2014 Intel PhD Fellowship Program. She is a member of the Personal Robotics Laboratory led by Sidd Srinivasa, associate professor of robotics.
More Than a Good Eye: HERB Uses Arms and More To Discover Objects
May 06, 2013. A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the information available to it — an object’s location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted — a robot can continually discover and refine its understanding of objects, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.
HERB Debuts in Oreo “Cookie vs. Creme” Video
March 08, 2013. The Robotics Institute’s Home Exploring Robot Butler, better known as HERB, is featured in a YouTube video that is part of Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. The video, shot Feb. 12 in the Personal Robotics Lab in Newell-Simon Hall, debuted March 8.
HERB Welcomes President-elect Suresh
February 22, 2013. HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler, was among the first campus celebrities to shake hands with CMU President-elect Subra Suresh and his family at a Feb. 21 welcome reception in Rangos Hall. The Robotics Institute’s Personal Robotics Lab uses the two-armed HERB as a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks in places where people live and work.
Robotics Institute Featured in National Geographic's August Issue
August 11, 2011. National Geographic magazine's August 2011 issue considers how robots and humans will increasingly interact in the not-so-distant future. The article by Chris Carroll discusses Robotics Institute projects, including the Home Exploring Robotic Butler (HERB) and Snackbot, and the Entertainment Technology Center's efforts to make a Japanese android more human-like.