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Robot’s In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand’s Location

Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to the robot’s hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world.

NREC Selected For Research Projects Totaling More Than $11 Million

Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) has been selected as a prime contractor or subcontractor on four major new federal research projects totaling more than $11 million over the next three years. The projects range from research on a wheel that can transform into a track to automated stress testing for critical software.

CMU’s CHIMP Featured on NOVA’s “Rise of the Robots”

Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Rescue Team and its CHIMP robot are featured in “Rise of the Robots,” the Feb. 24 episode of PBS’s NOVA.The episode of the long-running science series looks at the current state of robots with human-like capabilities and considers the enormous challenges that remain before humanoid robots and semi-humanoids such as CHIMP are ready to become part of our everyday lives.

Sutherland’s ‘Trojan Cockroach’ Celebrated in Posner Center Exhibit

A six-legged walking robot built at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s under the leadership of noted alumnus Ivan Sutherland is the subject of an exhibit opening Jan. 15 at the university’s Posner Center. The exhibit, “Ivan Sutherland’s Trojan Cockroach,” was developed by Daniel Pillis, a master’s degree student in the College of Arts, and tells the story not only of walking robots, but also computer graphics and the origins of the technology underlying modern advances in robots

Nearby Nature Project Empowers Students To Monitor Their Environment

The Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab will launch an educational project next year called Nearby Nature that will enable middle school and high school students in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to study scientific phenomena in almost any outdoor space, in both built and natural settings.

Stelian Coros Wins Intel Early Career Award

Stelian Coros, an assistant professor of robotics, is one of just six recipients of the 2015 Intel Early Career Faculty Award, which honors faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies.