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The Dream Labs of Future Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor Robotic Industries Association Posted 10/30/2018 Tomorrow’s robotics are taking shape in today’s labs. From package delivery robots and self-driving cars, to surgical snakes and search and rescue robots, the innovations have profound implications. A year, 3 years, or maybe 5 to 10 years down the road, they could be [...]

Researchers Reinvent the Wheel for Vehicles of the Future

Shape-Shifting Tires, Digital Driving Assistants Could Enable Safe Driving Over All Kinds of Terrain Byron Spice  Monday, October 29, 2018 NREC has developed a vehicle with wheels that transform into tracks on the fly and a digital assistant that helps drivers find the safest, surest route across steep terrain as part of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle [...]

Crane Receives Packard Fellowship

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that Keenan Crane, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, is one of 18 recipients of 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. The fellowship recognizes innovative early-career researchers and includes $875,000 to aid in each fellow’s research for five years. Crane’s research explores how the shapes [...]

Carnegie Mellon Team Dives Into DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Modularity will be key to robotic exploration of caves, tunnels, underground structures Team leaders Matt Travers and Sebastian Scherer guide CMU's Subterranean Challenge team as they begin work on August 27, 2018. CMU is one of the teams being funded by DARPA in the challenge, a $2 million contest where autonomous robots are used [...]

Robots learn by ‘following the leader’

By Patrick Marshall        Aug 13, 2018 Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University's  Robotics Institute are teaching robots how to be better mission partners to soldiers -- starting with how to find their way with minimal human intervention. Given that autonomous vehicles have been navigating streets in many U.S. [...]

Robotics Institute Featured on Friday’s “In Search Of”

Zach Quinto on In Search Of The Friday Aug. 10 episode of the HISTORY series “In Search Of,” hosted by actor and Carnegie Mellon University alum Zachary Quinto, will feature a segment that was shot last year at the CMU Robotics Institute. In the segment, Quinto talked with Nathan Michael, assistant research professor [...]

Robotics Institute Delivers Pipe-Crawling Robot To DOE

  The Robotics Institute’s David Kohanbash, principal systems/software engineer, and William “Red” Whittaker, professor of robotics, discuss how a tablet can be used to launch the RadPiper uranium-detection robot with Rodrigo V. Rimando Jr., director of technology development for DOE's Office of Environmental Management, and Charles Allyn, a non-destructive assay technician with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth. [...]

How a Computer Learns To Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice

  Deep reinforcement learning makes basketball video games look more realistic   Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that’s true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in video basketball games can glean insights from motion capture data to sharpen their dribbling [...]

New deep learning algorithms could improve robot sight

In the sixth episode of Schooled in AI, David Held, assistant professor at The Robotics Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, talks about why it's important for robots to operate in a changing environment. In this episode, you'll hear Held talk about: Why uncertainty presents a big challenge to robots operating [...]