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Chris Atkeson Critiques Robotics in Movies with Wired

Our own Chris Atkeson sat down with the Wired crew for an in-depth discussion of robotics technologies in movies and television: I, Robot, Blade Runner, Terminator, Westworld (2016), Making Mr. Right, Austin Powers, Minority Report, Westworld (1973), Battlestar Galactica, Rising Sun, Bicentennial Man, Transformers, Black Mirror and Chernobyl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH480zit0Tg Wired Technique Critique : Season 1 [...]

Team Explorer Adds Capabilities for Latest DARPA Robotics Contest

Maneuvering wheeled robots up and down stairwells and flying drones slim enough to slip through narrow doorways and tough enough to survive collisions are among the new capabilities Team Explorer has added for the latest competition in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Explorer, which includes researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, is one [...]

Kolter, Gkioulekas Named Sloan Research Fellows

Ziko Kolter and Ioannis Gkioulekas Ziko Kolter, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), and Ioannis Gkioulekas, an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute, are among 126 early career researchers to receive 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships. The prestigious fellowships honor outstanding scholars in the U.S. and Canada in eight scientific and [...]

CMU Textiles Lab’s Research Scraps Turned into Art

Sharp-eyed attendees of the Threads of Truth fiber arts based exhibition in the Zhou B. Art Center might notice that Vivian Lin's new soft sculpture "Thy Eve" is made of samples and scraps from the research performed in the CMU Textiles Lab [autoknit, visualknit]. Vivian gathered these scraps during an informal residence at the textiles [...]

Asakawa Wins Helen Keller Achievement Award

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced that Chieko Asakawa, an IBM Fellow and the IBM Distinguished Service Professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is one of three recipients this year of its prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards. The AFB recognizes Asakawa for her life’s work in furthering accessibility research and development, from [...]

New Software Agents Will Infer What Users Are Thinking

Robotics Institute Research Professor Katia Sycara DARPA Project Aims To Use Machine Social Intelligence to Improve Teamwork PITTSBURGH—Personal assistants today can figure out what you are saying, but what if they could infer what you were thinking based on your actions? A team of academic and industrial researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University [...]

Shaping the Future of Human-Robot Interaction at Davos

In the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, a robot mounted to a table must choose between three candy dishes. The robot — a sleek, multi-jointed black arm — has a camera mounted to its two-fingered gripper. The machine analyzes the eye gaze of a graduate student seated across the table [...]

Return to World Economic Forum

Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian led a university delegation to this year's World Economic Forum, an annual gathering that brings political, industrial, artistic and educational leaders together to discuss ideas and policy while shaping global agendas. The forum ran from January 21-24. This year's theme, "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World," recognized that no institution [...]

Mapping a Path to More Equitable Housing

For the sixth consecutive year, Carnegie Mellon University's EarthTime platform will help leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, visualize data on global challenges such as climate change, poverty and mental health. It's a unique map-based tool that's proven popular at the annual meeting, helping experts from institutions worldwide present data in [...]

For years, Research Professor Artur Dubrawski has collaborated with Michael Pinsky, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to unravel medical mysteries

Artur Dubrawski Artur Dubrawski is not a critical care physician, but his best friend is. Dubrawski, a research professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, loves talking about disease symptoms with Michael Pinsky, a professor of critical care medicine, cardiovascular disease, bioengineering and more at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. They also [...]