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Carnegie Mellon Robotics Team Wins Initial DARPA Event

Team Explorer Performs Impressively at Subterranean Challenge’s Tunnel Circuit PITTSBURGH—Team Explorer from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University deployed robots to autonomously map and search underground mines and outscored 10 competing teams at the initial scored event in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. On four occasions during the eight-day event, each team deployed multiple robots [...]

Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan to serve as the Interim Director of the Robotics Institute

Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the Robotics Institute. Srinivasa has established a world-class sensing group in the Robotics Institute and has led the development of numerous award winning imaging technologies with applications in every robotics field. He and his team are currently working on futuristic cameras for non-line-of-sight [...]

Robots Will Work Together To Map, Detect Objects in Mine-Disaster Scenario

Carnegie Mellon, Oregon State Robotics Team Prepares for Subterranean Challenge PITTSBURGH—A pair of wheeled robots and a pair of drones, assembled by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, will work together to autonomously map and search an underground mine as competition begins this week in the $2 million DARPA Subterranean Challenge. The [...]

“Visual Knitting Machine Programming” to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2019

Vidya Narayanan (CSD) and collaborator Kui Wu (University of Utah) will present the CMU Textiles Lab paper "Visual Knitting Machine Programming" at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. The paper will be part of the "Textiles and Fabrication" session on Tuesday July 30th from 2pm-3:30pm The paper demonstrates a new data structure, the augmented stitch mesh, and [...]

Robotics Institute Team Presents Best Technical Paper at Web4All 2019 Conference

This week at the Web4All Conference in San Francisco, Dragan Ahmetovic and Saki Asakawa presented the following papers: “Impact of Expertise on Interaction Preferences for Navigation Assistance of Visually Impaired Individuals” Dragan Ahmetovic, João Guerreiro, Eshed Ohn-Bar, Kris Kitani, Chieko Asakawa “An Independent and Interactive Museum Experience for Blind People” Saki Asakawa, João Guerreiro, Daisuke [...]

The Dream Labs of Future Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor Robotic Industries Association Posted 10/30/2018 Tomorrow’s robotics are taking shape in today’s labs. From package delivery robots and self-driving cars, to surgical snakes and search and rescue robots, the innovations have profound implications. A year, 3 years, or maybe 5 to 10 years down the road, they could be [...]

Researchers Reinvent the Wheel for Vehicles of the Future

Shape-Shifting Tires, Digital Driving Assistants Could Enable Safe Driving Over All Kinds of Terrain Byron Spice  Monday, October 29, 2018 NREC has developed a vehicle with wheels that transform into tracks on the fly and a digital assistant that helps drivers find the safest, surest route across steep terrain as part of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle [...]

Carnegie Mellon Team Dives Into DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Modularity will be key to robotic exploration of caves, tunnels, underground structures Team leaders Matt Travers and Sebastian Scherer guide CMU's Subterranean Challenge team as they begin work on August 27, 2018. CMU is one of the teams being funded by DARPA in the challenge, a $2 million contest where autonomous robots are used [...]

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 [...]