Brian Staszel, Author at The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University
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So far Brian Staszel has created 37 blog entries.

MRSD Team Pairs With Penguins on Autonomous Zamboni Machine

Robots in Carnegie Mellon University's Newell-Simon Hall can explore the moon, slither across the ground, crawl down pipes, and drive autonomously through deserts and cities. With the building's latest inhabitant, CMU researchers are putting autonomy to work on ice. A student team from Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute (RI), dubbed AI on Ice, has partnered with [...]

Learning to Grasp the Ungraspable with Emergent Extrinsic Dexterity

Exciting new work from the R-Pad Lab's Wenxuan Zhou and David Held features a simple gripper that can solve more complex manipulation tasks if it can utilize the external environment such as pushing the object against the table or a vertical wall, known as "Extrinsic Dexterity." From the researchers: A simple gripper can solve more [...]

RISLab Wins SSRR 2022 Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the authors Kshitij Goel, Yves Georgy Daoud, Nathan Michael, and Wennie Tabib for their Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) 2022. Their paper "Hierarchical Collision Avoidance for Adaptive-Speed Multirotor Tele-Operation" was selected out of 56 accepted papers.

A Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

This little robot can go almost anywhere. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a robotic system that enables a low-cost and relatively small legged robot to climb and descend stairs nearly its height; traverse rocky, slippery, uneven, steep and varied terrain; walk across gaps; [...]

Stretching Sound

It's not Beethoven, Bruno Mars or even the Beatles, but students from across Carnegie Mellon University assembled quite a band this summer. The students came from the School of Computer Science's Robotics Institute; the Entertainment Technology Center; the School of Music; and the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe). Their instruments were made of [...]

CMU Building Moonshot Mission Control for Upcoming Lunar Exploration

As their rovers explore unknown terrain on the moon's surface, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will watch from the familiar confines of campus, nearly 240,000 miles away. CMU’s Moonshot Mission Control, a new command center in the School of Computer Science's Gates Center for Computer Science, will provide state-of-the-art equipment to the crews of the [...]

CMU’s Iris Rover Secured to Lunar Lander

Carnegie Mellon University's Iris rover is bolted in and ready for its journey to the moon. The tiny rover passed a huge milestone on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when it was secured to one of the payload decks of Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander, which will deliver it to the moon next year.   "It is [...]

Team Explorer Competing in the DARPA Subterranean “SubT” Challenge Final Event

The DARPA Subterranean or “SubT” Challenge seeks novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios. Team Explorer will be updating their blog over the next few critical days of the final event. Coverage will also be streamed from the Darpa SubT TV Site . [...]

AI Allows Legged Robots To Adapt in Real-Time to Changing Conditions

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Facebook AI didn't just teach a robot to walk — they taught it how to learn to walk. The distinction is key. A major hurdle to deploying legged robots, whether with two, four or even more legs, is figuring out how the robot will [...]

Veloso Ranked Among Most Highly Influential Women in Engineering

Manuela Veloso, a renowned artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist and roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, is among the most influential women in engineering, according to a new list compiled by Academic Influence. The list of women includes astronauts, founders and CEOs of well-known technology and Fortune 500 companies, a Nobel laureate, and researchers from around [...]