Debra Tobin, Author at The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University
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Congratulations Greg Armstrong and Brian Staszel – recipients of 2023 SCS Founders Day Awards

  Service Award Recipient A. Nico Habermann Educational Service Award: Greg Armstrong - Senior Research Technician/AI Maker Space Manager, RI Staff Recognition Award Recipient Sustained Excellence: Brian Staszel, RI "...always does an extraordinary job...actions help RI achieve excellence every single day...creator and keeper of...excellence...the George Lucas of robotics fortunate to have him."

Obituary: Alan Guisewite Was a Robotics Institute Factotum

Alan Guisewite, an operations assistant in the Robotics Institute for 40 years, died earlier this month. He was 74.   His official title was operations assistant. But between his technical capabilities, institutional memory and seemingly comprehensive knowledge of building materials, Alan Guisewite was a veritable Swiss Army knife in the Robotics Institute for 40 years. [...]

Roboticists Go Off Road To Compile Data That Could Train Self-Driving ATVs

TartanDrive Dataset Likely Largest for Off-Road Environments Byron Spice   CMU researchers took an ATV on wild rides to gather data that could be used to train self-driving vehicles to drive off road in the future. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University took an all-terrain vehicle on wild rides through tall grass, loose gravel [...]

CMU Researchers Develop Algorithm To Divvy Up Tasks for Human-Robot Teams

Aaron Aupperlee Robotics Institute researchers have developed an algorithmic planner that helps delegate tasks to humans and robots. As robots increasingly join people on the factory floor, in warehouses and elsewhere on the job, dividing up who will do which tasks grows in complexity and importance. People are better suited for some tasks, [...]

2022 Doherty Award Recipient Howie Choset Kavčić-Moura Professor of Computer Science

Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics where he serves as the co-director, along with Matt Travers, of the Biorobotics Lab. Choset's research program has made contributions to strategically significant problems in surgery, manufacturing, on-orbit maintenance, recycling and search and rescue. His work is most famous for its snake robots and other biologically inspired systems [...]

Girls of Steel Showcase Projects for U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle

Megan Harris Tuesday, March 8, 2022Print this page. Congressman Mike Doyle toured the Girls of Steel's practice field at CMU's Bakery Square facility on Saturday, March 5. He paused to pose with the team in a Rosie the Riveter salute. It's two weeks until the competition, and 17-year-old Ella Maier is ecstatic her robot can [...]

SCS Faculty Receive Nearly $2.5M in NSF CAREER Awards

Aaron AupperleeTuesday, March 8, 2022  Changliu Liu, Eunsuk Kang, George Chen and Yuanzhi Li have received Faculty Early Career Development Program awards from the National Science Foundation. Four Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the School of Computer Science recently received Faculty Early Career Development Program awards from the National Science Foundation. The nearly $2.5 million [...]

Gupta, Mason Named 2021 ACM Fellows

By Aaron Aupperlee The Association for Computing Machinery has named Anupam Gupta and Matthew T. Mason 2021 ACM fellows. The ACM recognized Gupta, a professor in the Computer Science Department, for his contributions to approximation algorithms, online algorithms, stochastic algorithms and metric embeddings. Mason, a professor emeritus in the Robotics Institute, was honored for his [...]