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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

Factory Automation
We are developing the next generation of mobile robots for operating in the factory environments. These mobile robots can localize without modifying the factory and navigate . . .
Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)
We are developing a robotic phenotyping systems for phenotyping crops for rapid breeding . . .
Autonomous Off-Road Driving
We are developing autonomous technology for off-road driving in wilderness environments Key developments include perception, planning and control capabilities. This is a joint development with Yamaha . . .
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Research in the News

Carnegie Mellon Robots Featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes
A two-part report on artificial intelligence, featuring such Carnegie Mellon robots as CHIMP and an autonomous boat, will aired . . .
Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Just Two Moving Parts
More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides . . .
SpeckSensor Air Quality App Tracks Annual “Dirty Days”
A new feature for the SpeckSensor app enables users to see the number of “dirty days” when air quality . . .
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