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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

CoBots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation
For three years, a group of robots, known as CoBots, has been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University’s . . .
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover “Andy”
Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature . . .
Robotics Institute Projects Win "Best of What's New" Honors
Four inventions that trace their origins to the School of Computer Science and, particularly, the Robotics Institute, have been . . .
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