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Choset To Receive Engelberger Robotics Award

Honor Recognizes Excellence in Robotics, Service to Humankind Byron Spice Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Howie Choset, the Kavčić-Moura Professor of Computer Science, will receive the 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education. Howie Choset, the Kavčić-Moura Professor of Computer Science, will receive the prestigious 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education. The award recognizes his [...]

CMU’s Zoe Rover Shows Robots Can Find Subterranean Organisms

Mission in Chile's Atacama Desert Will Aid Search for Life on Mars Byron Spice Thursday, February 28, 2019 An autonomous rover designed and built by the Robotics Institute drilled into the soil of the Atacama Desert in 2013 and discovered unusual, highly specialized microbes. An autonomous rover named Zoë, designed and built by [...]

Nourbakhsh Elected as Hastings Fellow

By: Byron Spice Illah Nourbakhsh, the K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, is one of 18 newly elected Hastings Center Fellows. llah Nourbakhsh, the K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, is one of 18 newly elected Hastings Center Fellows, The Hastings Center announced today. The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, [...]

Matt Mason featured on Peggy Smedley Show

How can technology help in the supply chain? Peggy and Matt Mason, chief scientist, Berkshire Grey, and professor, Carnegie Mellon University, dive into the topic of robotic manipulation. He says there are a lot of problems and great applications for robotic manipulation and details how robotic manipulation works in conjunction with the sensory input. He [...]

RoadBotics’ AI Could Change the Way Cities Maintain Roads

By automating assessments of road conditions, RoadBotics could help cities save time and money By Prachi Patel, IEEE Spectrum Image: RoadBoticsRoadbotics’ software gives each road segment an aggregate score from Level 1 to Level 5 based on the quantity, extent, and severity of problems it spots. ’Tis the season for potholes. When temperatures drop, the [...]

NREC Building What Will Be Its Largest Robot

Automated system will fashion concrete mats to protect Mississippi River levees Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center has built a mat-sinking robot at their Lawrenceville facility, as seen here on December 7, 2018. PITTSBURGH—A yellow, steel structure built this fall in front of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) will [...]

Asakawa Named to National Inventors Hall of Fame

Her Home Page Reader gives internet access to blind and visually impaired computer users   Chieko Asakawa, the IBM Distinguished Service Professor in the Robotics Institute and an IBM Fellow at IBM Research, is among 19 innovators who will be inducted this year into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.   Asakawa, who came to [...]

How the humble robotic arm took over the world

By Ben Craw Today there are about 2 million industrial robots being used around the world, and that number is growing exponentially. Robots are doing everything from welding cars and making Adidas sneakers to farming lettuce and exploring Mars. Global sales have doubled over the past five years, according to the International Federation of Robotics. [...]

What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

Tom Vander Ark Contributor Forbes Education I write about the future of learning, work and human development. Dec 12, 2018, 05:00am Amon Millner, Olin CollegeTom Vander Ark Machines that learn are reshaping lives and livelihoods. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most important change force in modern society, but it remains common for high school [...]

RoadBotics piloting new AI tool in Detroit

By Patty Tascarella  – Senior Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Dec 10, 2018, 8:15am EST Detroit will use a Pittsburgh startup's technology to drive better roads. Detroit will use a Pittsburgh-based startup’s artificial intelligence pavement inspection technology to assess the city’s 2,600 centerline mile road network in 2019. RoadBotics on Monday said that Detroit additionally [...]