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Facial Expression Analysis
Automatic facial expression encoding, extraction and recognition, and expression intensity estimation for the applications of MPEG4 application: teleconferencing, human-computer interaction/interface.
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 any path in the factory, with the ability to replan paths to avoid unexpected obstacles. These new capabilities will increase the throughput of the factories, as well as decrease the time required to deploy (and re-deploy) the robots into the factory.
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 Motor Corporation and the CMU Field Robotics Center.
Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)
We are developing a robotic phenotyping systems for phenotyping crops for rapid breeding decisions. This system positions sensors within the canopy for measurements not observable from above or below. Machine learning and computer vision algorithms are then used to generate phenotyping data from the raw sensor data.
Adaptive Introspection for Robust Long Duration Autonomy
Long duration autonomy for unmanned systems is difficult to achieve as current systems are design limited to anticipated exceptions and do not adapt to long-term changes in the environment. In addition, the challenge of designing experiments for long durations that provoke unanticipated exceptions is difficult. In this project we will enable long-term operation in unpredictable environments by developing an adaptive introspection and deployment approach and evaluating the ideas in an experimental setup that will provoke exceptions.
Automates copper processing
This page last updated - January 1999
Assistive Robots for Blind Travelers
As robotics technology evolves to a stage where co-robots, or robots that can work with humans, become a reality, we need to ensure that these co-robots are equally capable of interacting with humans with disabilities. This project addresses this challenge by exploring meaningful human-robot interaction (HRI) in the context of assistive robots for blind travelers.
This page last updated - January 1999
Autonomous Robotics Manipulation
Carnegie Mellon’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM-S) team develops software that autonomously performs complex manipulation tasks.
This page last updated - January 1999
Non-contact 3-D surgical instrument tracking for device testing and surgeon assessment.
This page last updated - January 1999
Micron: Intelligent Microsurgical Instruments
Suppression of hand tremor to improve precision in microsurgery.
This page last updated - January 1999
We are developing a curriculum for the Introduction to Computer Science (CS1) course taught at two and four year colleges and for high school Computer Science courses.
This page last updated - January 1999
Lego Educational Robotics
Self-paced robotics education labs
This page last updated - January 1999
Lunar Regolith Excavation and Transport
This research develops lightweight robotic excavators for digging and transporting regolith (loose soil) on the Moon.
This page last updated - January 1999
Lunar Rover for Polar Crater Exploration
The Scarab lunar rover has been designed to carry a 1-meter coring drill and a payload of science instruments that can analyze the abundance of hydrogen, oxygen and other materials.
This page last updated - January 1999
Automated Reverse Engineering of Buildings
The goal of this project is to use data from 3D sensors to automatically reconstruct compact, accurate, and semantically rich models of building interiors.
This page last updated - January 1999
The Aerial Robotic Infrastructure Analyst (ARIA)
The Aerial Robotic Infrastructure Analyst (ARIA) rapidly creates comprehensive, high-resolution, semantically rich 3D models of infrastructure – an interactive assistant for infrastructure inspection.
This page last updated - January 1999
GPS-denied Localization using ground and air vehicles
In this project, we are developing mapping and localization methods that combine aerial imagery from satellite and aerial platforms with maps and perception from ground-based robots to produce integrated maps even when GPS is unavailable.
This page last updated - January 1999
The Intelligent Workcell
This project is studying methods for augmenting industrial workcells with sensors and feedback mechanisms to enable workers and robots to operate safely in the same environment.
This page last updated - January 1999
Micro Air Vehicle Scouts for Intelligent Semantic Mapping
The goal of this project is develop the next level of capability for a low-flying, map building MAV scout. The research will demonstrate rapid scouting in cluttered environments and acquire relevant semantically annotated maps.
This page last updated - January 1999
Indoor Flight in Degraded Visual Environments
Our goal is to fly indoors in degraded visual environments to localize people and fire. We are developing accurate real-time localization and control to be able to fly in these challenging conditions.
This page last updated - January 1999