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

Snakebot Named Ground Rescue Robot of the Year

The Robotics Institute’s multi-jointed Snakebot robot, which searched for earthquake survivors in Mexico City last fall, has been named Ground Rescue Robot of the Year by the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR). CRASAR, an independent, not-for-profit research group, presented its first-ever Disaster Robotics Awards on April 14 as part of National Robotics Week. [...]

Girls of Steel Bring Home Awards From FIRST Pittsburgh Regional

ISR’s Tom Pope Cited For Mentoring Team Photo of GoS FIRST Chairman's Award     The Girls of Steel Robotics team and their robot, Clyde, made it to the semi-finals of the FIRST® Robotics Competition Greater Pittsburgh Regional March 22-24 and took home several awards, including the prestigious Chairman’s Award. The team, sponsored [...]

Roboticists Share Prestigious Award For Autonomous Helicopter Technology

Office of Naval Research Project Wins Howard Hughes Award   The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) team developed and successfully demonstrated a fully autonomous helicopter flight capability.     AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, has announced the winner of its 2018 Howard Hughes Award is an Office of Naval Research (ONR) autonomous helicopter [...]

Pipe-crawling Robot Will Help Decommission DOE Nuclear Facility

Carnegie Mellon’s radiation-measuring robots go where humans cannot   PITTSBURGH—A pair of autonomous robots developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute will soon be driving through miles of pipes at the U.S. Department of Energy’s former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, to identify uranium deposits on pipe walls.   The CMU robot has demonstrated [...]