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CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment

Portrait of CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Lab Head: Illah Nourbakhsh
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CREATE brings together our mission in furthering Human-Robot Interaction with our desire to disruptively redefine how communities can make sense of their context through the use of robotic technologies. In our past research, we have demonstrated in isolated pilot projects that technology education does not need to be the province of the few. We have shown that hands-on approaches to learning that use technology as inspirations for wonder and discovery can lead to lifelong learning skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and self-identification with technology as a tool for exploration and personal expression.

The CREATE lab aims to scale up our efforts in order to create self-sustaining communities of learning, expression and technology empowerment. Each project is funded by technology partners and local foundations to demonstrate the creation of sustainable programs that combine technology education with issues and activities that students of all ages care about and therefore have a vested interest in pursuing. As part of this goal we develop new technologies, kits, curricula and evaluation methodologies. Our policy is to open-source and disseminate as much of this material as is practical so that both research and effective use of technology in the formal and informal learning setting can grow as quickly as possible.

Displaying 48 Publications
Designing Interactive Systems for Community Citizen Science
Yen-Chia Hsu

PhD Thesis, Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-18-29, August, 2018
Visualization Tool for Environmental Sensing and Public Health Data
Yen-Chia Hsu, Jennifer Cross, Paul Dille, Illah Nourbakhsh, Leann Leiter and Ryan Grode

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, June, 2018
Engineering and Computational Thinking talent in middle school students: A framework for defining and recognizing student affinities
Jennifer Cross, Emily Hamner, Lauren Zito and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), October, 2016
Industrial Smoke Detection and Visualization
Yen-Chia Hsu, Paul S. Dille, Randy Sargent and Illah Nourbakhsh

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-16-55, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, September, 2016
Reflections on the BodyTrack Project
Anne Wright

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-16-46, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 2016
Arts & Bots: Application and Outcomes of a Secondary School Robotics Program
Jennifer Cross, Emily Hamner, Christopher Bartley and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, In proceedings of 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, pp. 2159-2167, October, 2015
Identifying and Cultivating Diverse STEM Talent through Creative Robotics
Jennifer Cross and Emily Hamner

Conference Paper, In proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana., June, 2014
Stories in the Rock: A Design Case of an Explorable Image Viewer in a Natural History Museum
Marti Louw, Ahmed Ansari, Christopher Bartley and Camellia Sanford

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, International Journal of Designs for Learning, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 56-71, October, 2013
A Visual Robot-Programming Environment for Multidisciplinary Education
Jennifer Cross, Christopher Bartley, Emily Hamner and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Karlsruhe, Germany, May, 2013
Arts & Bots: Techniques for distributing a STEAM robotics program through K-12 classrooms
Emily Hamner and Jennifer Cross

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), March, 2013
Aligning Capabilities of Interactive Educational Tools to Learner Goals
Tom Lauwers

PhD Thesis, Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-10-09, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 2010
Evaluating the Urban Electric Vehicle
Paul Dille, Matt Duescher, Illah Nourbakhsh, Gregg Podnar and Joshua Schapiro

Miscellaneous, Carnegie Mellon University, February, 2010
First Steps: The School Introduction Process
Christopher Strebel, Clementina Acedo, Illah Nourbakhsh, Randy Sargent and Laura M. Tomokiyo

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-09-25, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 2009
CSbots: A case study in introducing educational technology to a classroom setting
Tom Lauwers, Illah Nourbakhsh and Emily Hamner

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-08-41, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 2008
Robot Diaries Interim Project Report: Development of a Technology Program for Middle School Girls
Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Kristen Stubbs, Kevin Crowley and Illah Nourbakhsh

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-08-25, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 2008
Collective Actuation
Jason Campbell and Padmanabhan Pillai

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 27, No. 4-Mar, pp. 299 - 314, March, 2008
Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration
Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Illah Nourbakhsh and Carl Francis DiSalvo

Conference Paper, AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science, March, 2008
CMUcam3: An Open Programmable Embedded Vision Sensor
Anthony Rowe, Adam G. Goode, Dhiraj Goel and Illah Nourbakhsh

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-07-13, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 2007
TeRK: A Flexible Tool for Science and Technology Education
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Carl Francis DiSalvo and Debra Bernstein

Conference Paper, Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, March, 2007
A Roadmap for Technology Literacy and a Vehicle for Getting There: Educational Robotics and the TeRK Project
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein and Carl Francis DiSalvo

Conference Paper, Proceedings of IEEE RO-MAN 2006, September, 2006
Educational Results of the Personal Exploration Rover Museum Exhibit
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Brian Dunlavey, D. Bernstein and K. Crowley

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), pp. 4278 - 4283, April, 2005
The Design of a Highly Reliable Robot for Unmediated Museum Interaction
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, E. Porter, Brian Dunlavey, Ellen M. Ayoob, T. Hsiu, M. Lotter and S. Shelly

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), pp. 3225 - 3231, April, 2005
Interaction Challenges in Human-Robot Space Exploration
Terrence W. Fong and Illah Nourbakhsh

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, Interactions, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 42-45, March, 2005
Up Close and Personal from Mars
Emily Hamner, Mark Lotter, Illah Nourbakhsh and Skip Shelly

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, interactions, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 30 - 36, March, 2005
The Robotic Autonomy Mobile Robotics Course: Robot Design, Curriculum Design and Educational Assessment
Illah Nourbakhsh, Kevin Crowley, Ajinkya Bhave, Emily Hamner, Thomas Hsiu, Andres Santiago Perez-Bergquist, Steve Richards and Katie Wilkinson

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, Autonomous Robots, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 103-127, January, 2005
The Personal Exploration Rover: The Ground-up Design, Deployment and Educational Evaluation of an Educational Robot for Unmediated Informal Learning Sites
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Debra Bernstein, Kevin Crowley, Eric Porter, Thomas Hsiu, Brian Dunlavey, Ellen M. Ayoob, Mark Lotter, Skip Shelly, Anuja Parikh and Daniel Clancy

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-04-38, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, December, 2004
Formal measures of learning in a secondary school mobile robotics course
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, K. Crowley and K. Wilkinson

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '04), Vol. 2, pp. 1831 - 1836, April, 2004
The Personal Rover Project: The comprehensive design of a domestic personal robot
Emily Hamner, R. Gockley, E. Porter and Illah Nourbakhsh

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Special Issue on Socially Interactive Robots, Vol. 42, No. 4-Mar, pp. 245 - 258, March, 2003
A Low Cost Embedded Color Vision System
Anthony Rowe, Chuck Rosenberg and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of IROS 2002, January, 2002
The Personal Rover
Emily Hamner, Rachel Gockley, Eric Porter and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, 2002 AAAI Conference Workshop Proceedings, January, 2002
The Personal Rover Project
Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, 2002 IROS Workshop on Social Robotics, January, 2002
A Simple Low Cost Color Vision System
A. Rowe, Chuck Rosenberg and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Tech sketch paper presented at CVPR 2001, October, 2001
The history of the Mobot museum robot series: An Evolutionary Study
Thomas Willeke, Clay Kunz and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of FLAIRS 2001, May, 2001
Control of the Gyrover: a single-wheel gyroscopically stabilized robot
Enrique Ferreira, Shu-Jen Tsai, Chris Paredis and H. Benjamin Brown

Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, Advanced Robotics, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 459 - 475, June, 2000
Appearance-Based Place Recognition for Topological Localization
Iwan Ulrich and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of ICRA 2000, Vol. 2, pp. 1023 - 1029, April, 2000
Appearance-Based Obstacle Detection with Monocular Color Vision
Iwan Ulrich and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of AAAI 2000, January, 2000
An Affective Mobile Educator with a Full-time Job
Illah Nourbakhsh, Judith Bobenage, Sebastien Grange, Ron Lutz, Roland Meyer and Alvaro Soto

Journal Article, Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 114, No. 2-Jan, pp. 95 - 124, October, 1999
Control of the Gyrover: A Single-Wheel Gyroscopically Stabilized Robot
Shu-Jen Tsai, Enrique Ferreira and Chris Paredis

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'99), Vol. 1, pp. 179 - 184, October, 1999
Decoupled dynamics and stabilization of single wheel robot
K.W. Au and Yangsheng Xu

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE / RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '99), Vol. 1, pp. 197 - 203, October, 1999
Modeling human strategy in controlling a dynamically stabilized robot
Yangsheng Xu, Wai-Kuen Yu and K.W. Au

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE / RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '99), Vol. 1, pp. 507 - 512, October, 1999
Topological Localization by Training a Vision-based Transition Detector
Dandapani Radhakrishnan and Illah Nourbakhsh

Conference Paper, Proceedings of IROS 1999, Vol. 1, pp. 468 - 473, October, 1999
Dynamic mobility with single-wheel configuration
Yangsheng Xu, H. Benjamin Brown and Kwok Wai Au

Conference Paper, International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 18, No. 7, pp. 728 - 738, July, 1999
Analysis of actuation and dynamic balancing for a single-wheel robot
Yangsheng Xu, Kwok Wai Au, G. C. Nandy and H. Benjamin Brown

Conference Paper, Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vol. 3, pp. 1789 -1794, October, 1998
Dynamic model of a gyroscopic wheel
G.C. Nandy and Yangsheng Xu

Conference Paper, Proc. 1998 IEEE Int'l Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '98), Vol. 3, pp. 2683 - 2688, May, 1998
A single-wheel, gyroscopically stabilized robot
H. Benjamin Brown and Yangsheng Xu

Journal Article, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 39-44, September, 1997
A single wheel, gyroscopically stabilized robot
H. Benjamin Brown and Yangsheng Xu

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Vol. 4, pp. 3658-3663, April, 1996
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