History of the Robotics Institute Alex Krause
History of the Robotics Institute
More than 35 years ago Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute opened its doors with the dream of ushering in a new age of thinking robots. During the ensuing decades, we have experienced many research successes in intelligent manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, space-related robots, medical robotics, nano-machines, computer vision and graphics and anthropomorphic robots.
In 1979, Carnegie Mellon Professors Raj Reddy and Angel Jordan and Westinghouse Electric Corp. President Tom Murrin agreed to open the Robotics Institute with the goal of making it the best place on the planet to do robotics research.
The Remote Reconnaissance Vehicle developed by a team led by Professor Red Whittaker begins the four-year task of surveying and cleaning the flooded basement of the crippled Three Mile Island reactor.
The CMURobotics YouTube Channel has an archive of historical video dating back to 1982.
RI25 Retrospective - Robotics Institute 25th Anniversary (2004)
History Channel 1998 : Driverless Car Technology Overview at Carnegie Mellon University
1997 : Alan Alda & Scientific American Frontiers : Look, No Hands!
CMU Red Team Video from Intel IDF February 2004
Terregator - CMU - Field Robotics Circa 1983
CMU's Tartan Racing Boss : Darpa Site Visit June 18, 2007 : Celebrating 10th Anniversary
Early CMU Robotics History : 1983 Westinghouse Filament Inspection
NavLab 1 (1986) : Carnegie Mellon : Robotics Institute History of Self-Driving Cars
Three Mile Island : Robotic Inspection November 1984 : NO AUDIO
A playlist of videos from the last several years:
ATRIAS Biped Walking Robot
Mobile Robot Programming Laboratory : Course 16-362 : Fall 2013
Victor the Gamebot : CMU's Scrabble Playing Robot
Mini Crusher : NREC 20th Anniversary Demo : September 2016
Earth Engine: Brazilian Rainforest
Quadrotor Formation Flights and Robust Adaptive Control : RI PhD Students Ellen Cappo & John Yao