History of the Robotics InstituteAlex Krause2017-10-20T10:32:02-04:00
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.
RRV: Three Mile Island Rover Overview : 1984 CMU Robotics Institute Archive
Herbert A. Simon - Unedited Interview about History of AI at CMU from 1955-1985
Joe Engelberger : Father of Robotics : 2003 Talk and Q&A at CMU Robotics Institute
IMP (Intelligent Mobile Platform) : 1985 : Robotics History
Takeo Kanade and EyeVision : Super Bowl 35 : January 2001
2010 Face Alignment Demo : Takeo Kanade as President Obama
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!
A playlist of videos from the last several years:
DARPA SUBTERRANEAN CHALLENGE : CMU + Oregon State Team
Mini Crusher : NREC 20th Anniversary Demo : September 2016
Manipulation Lab: Do What You Do by Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme
Ballbot : A Single-Wheeled Balancing Robot
Project Birdhouse: Autonomous Robotic Assembly : Robot with a Nailgun!
ATRIAS Biped Walking Robot
Mobile Robot Programming Laboratory : Course 16-362 : Fall 2013
Quadrotor Formation Flights and Robust Adaptive Control : RI PhD Students Ellen Cappo & John Yao
16-384 Robot Kinematics and Dynamics : Senior Undergrad Alan Jaffe Demo