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The Robotics Institute is a worldwide hub of robotics research that encompasses a diverse array of topics. While much of our work focuses on core robotics technologies like manipulation, locomotion, and control, we also focus on related research areas, including machine learning, computer vision, and graphics.


This web site organizes the Institute's research at three different, progressively more general levels: projects, labs and groups, and centers and consortia. A project is a single body of work on a specific topic or a set of related topics. Labs and groups involve multiple people working together on a set of projects, often with a related theme.


Typically, Labs are associated with a physical location, while groups may not have a shared workspace. Centers and consortia involve multiple labs, groups, and individual researchers who are working toward a common general theme, such as Medical Robotics. A center generally consists of researchers primarily from within the Robotics Institute, while a consortium is a collaboration with researchers at other institutions.

New Projects

Hand Held Force Magnifier
We have developed a novel and relatively simple method for magnifying forces perceived by an operator using a tool. A sensor measures the force between the tip of . . .
Path Planning for Autonomous Vessel
A path planning system helps an autonomous surface vessel to navigate autonomously while obeying international maritime law.
Human Control of Robotic Swarms
Robotic Swarms are distributed systems whose members interact via local control laws to achieve different behaviors. The goal of the project is to develop effective methods . . .
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Research in the News

Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins Milestone Prize
The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced today that Andy, a four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University, . . .
Okawa Foundation Awards Research Grant To Yong-Lae Park
Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and the founder of the Soft Robotics . . .
Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh’s Air Pollution
A system of four cameras, called Breathe Cam, now keeps a constant watch on air quality over Pittsburgh, providing . . .
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