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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 [...]

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 [...]

CMU Cameras Provide 24-hour Monitoring Of Industrial Sites

              New Mon Valley Breathe Cams Document Sources of Visual Pollution   PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab is using a new network of cameras to provide 24-hour monitoring of visible air pollution from industrial sources in the Monongahela Valley. The network is being activated today in conjunction with the [...]

Researchers Seek To Create Self-Assessing Robots

Autonomous systems need to predict, monitor, judge their own performance Xiang Zhi Tan, a Ph.D. student in the Robotics Institute, works with a Baxter robot, part of a multi-university research program to enable robots to assess their own performance at tasks. PITTSBURGH—In a parallel to how “The Little Engine That Could” once chanted, [...]

Illah Nourbakhsh featured on The Heinz Endowments’ We Can Be podcast

  We Can Be is a podcast with The Heinz Endowments’ Grant Oliphant featuring leaders as they share the often moving, sometimes funny and always inspiring accounts of how they came to believe that together we can be a healthier, smarter, and more creative and just community. Podcast Link