Advancing Robotics to Boost U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness

A new report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), co-authored by Robotics Professor Howie Choset, argues that a thriving domestic robotics industry will help to enhance America’s competitivenessin the global economy, especially now that tensions are rising over global trade. The report, available online, suggests that robotics would have the greatest impact in five sectors [...]

Grant Helps Carnegie Mellon, University at Buffalo Improve Transit Access

Renewed federal grant supports research on transportation for people with disabilities A 10-year partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo (UB), to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities, has been extended for another five years. The two universities’ joint Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Public Transportationhas [...]

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 [...]