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Girls of Steel, Kantor, Win FIRST Awards
March 22, 2017. The Girls of Steel robotics team and the team’s lead mentor, George Kantor, both won awards at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Competition, March 15-18. The team, which includes 50 girls from 20 Pittsburgh area high schools, won the Engineering Inspiration Award, qualifying the team for its seventh consecutive trip to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis in April. Kantor, senior systems scientist in the Robotics Institute and co-founder of the team, won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which recognizes the mentor who best leads, inspires, and empowers a team using excellent communication skills.
Bhat, Matthews Win Academy Awards For Technical Achievement
February 17, 2017. A School of Computer Science alumnus, Kiran Bhat, and a former Robotics Institute faculty member, Iain Matthews, are among the 18 winners of this year’s Scientific & Technical Achievements Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
RI Alumnus Harry Shum Elected to NAE
February 09, 2017. Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research group, has been elected as a foreign member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Shum, who was born in China, earned a Ph.D. in robotics at Carnegie Mellon in 1996.
Kanade Will Receive IEEE Founder's Medal
February 07, 2017. Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Founder's Medal — one of IEEE's highest honors.
Investigating What It Takes To Be A Successful Negotiator
January 26, 2017. Carnegie Mellon researchers in Qatar and Pittsburgh have joined forces to explore the behavior of successful negotiators. The study uses the Robotics Institute's Panoptic Studio, a two-story geodesic dome that is fitted with 480 synchronized video cameras to capture fine details in human interaction.
Robots Learning To Pick Things Up As Babies Do
January 25, 2017. Babies learn about their world by pushing and poking objects, putting them in their mouths and throwing them. Carnegie Mellon University scientists are taking a similar approach to teach robots how to recognize and grasp objects around them. A three-year, $1.5 million “focused research award” from Google will help researchers at CMU’s Robotics Institute leverage their early success by scaling up their efforts using dozens of robots.
Carnegie Mellon To Lead $250 Million Advanced Robotics Venture
January 13, 2017. An independent institute founded by Carnegie Mellon University will receive more than $250 million to launch an advanced robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh, the U.S. Department of Defense.
Choset, Veloso Help Launch Science Robotics
December 06, 2016. Howie Choset, professor of robotics, and Manuela Veloso, head of the Machine Learning Department, are two of eight founding editorial board members of Science Robotics, the latest member of the Science family of journals.
Facebook to Acquire CMU Facial Analysis Spinoff
November 16, 2016. Facebook has agreed to acquire Faciometrics, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute that develops facial analysis software for mobile applications.
Kanade Receives 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology
November 10, 2016. Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, received the prestigious 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, Nov. 10 in a ceremony in Kyoto, Japan. The international award is presented by the Inamori Foundation to individuals such as Kanade who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind.
Robotics Industry Celebrates Dramatic Growth in Pittsburgh
October 12, 2016. Employment by Pittsburgh-area robotics firms has jumped from 700 to 2,200 people in the five years since President Barack Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) at the National Robotics Engineering Center, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle said. Doyle spoke at RoboPGH Day, an Oct. 12 event hosted by NREC spinoff Carnegie Robotics.
Carnegie Mellon Robots Featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes
October 07, 2016. A two-part report on artificial intelligence, featuring such Carnegie Mellon robots as CHIMP and an autonomous boat, will aired Oct. 9, on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Just Two Moving Parts
October 04, 2016. More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. The only other active moving part of the robot is the body itself. Its spherical induction motor (SIM) eliminates the mechanical drive systems used on previous ballbots and is less likely to suffer mechanical failures.
SpeckSensor Air Quality App Tracks Annual “Dirty Days”
September 02, 2016. A new feature for the SpeckSensor app enables users to see the number of “dirty days” when air quality has been unhealthy in a locale over the past year and to compare that number with other cities across the nation.
New Project Helps K-12 Students Become Fluent With Data and Technology
August 17, 2016. The future success of today’s students hinges more than ever on their ability to think critically, and creatively manipulate technology, media and data. Helping them achieve this level of fluency is the goal of a new project led by Carnegie Mellon University and sponsored by The Heinz Endowments.
CREATE Lab Expands Education Network Nationally
August 02, 2016. A program to empower students with technology by leveraging Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics and computer science talent with education expertise at partner universities is expanding beyond the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia region to include satellite labs in Georgia and Utah.
Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials Into 3-D Shapes
July 18, 2016. A new computational design tool can turn a flat sheet of plastic or metal into a complex 3-D shape, such as a mask, a sculpture or even a lady’s high-heel shoe. Researchers at the Robotics Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), say the tool enables designers to fully and creatively exploit an unusual quality of certain materials — the ability to expand uniformly in two dimensions.
Robot And Mathematical Models Suggest How Animals Moved 360 Million Years Ago
July 07, 2016. Could a tail have allowed ancient vertebrates to make the transition from water to land? Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis report in the journal Science this week on the results of a groundbreaking study to answer this question using amphibious fish, robots and mathematical models of movement.
Studying the Role Love Plays in an Engineering Project
June 27, 2016. The development of an electronic Braille writing tutor at a school for the blind in India has been a labor of love over the past decade for M. Bernardine Dias and her Carnegie Mellon University colleagues, students and staff. And for the past year, it has provided a research window into the role love plays in engineering.
Kanade Wins 2016 Kyoto Prize
June 17, 2016. The Inamori Foundation has named Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology, citing his pioneering contributions to computer vision and robotics.
Girls of Steel Host Women and STEM Symposium
May 27, 2016. The Girls of Steel team sponsored by the Field Robotics Center hosted more than 70 middle school girls on campus for the “Aspiring Young Women in Robotics and STEM” symposium, which included a speaker series, workshops, robot demonstrations, and a tour May 22. Participants hailed from 33 different schools from districts in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland and Union Counties.
RoboTutor Receives ProSEED Grant
May 18, 2016. The RoboTutor project, which is developing educational software for teaching basic literacy and numeracy to children with little access to teachers, has received a ProSEED grant from Carnegie Mellon’s Simon Initiative. Jack Mostow, emeritus research professor in the Robotics Institute, and Amy Ogan and John Stamper, both assistant professors in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, are leading RoboTutor, which is competing for the Global Learning XPrize.
Robots Get Creative To Cut Through The Clutter
May 18, 2016. Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they’re beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator. The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot’s creativity in solving problems.
Robot’s In-Hand Eye Maps Surroundings, Determines Hand’s Location
May 16, 2016. Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to the robot’s hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world.
Navy tests sub-hunting drone ship
April 02, 2016. Navy tests sub-hunting drone ship.
Robotics Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
April 25, 2016. A team of Daniel Maturana and Sankalp Arora, both Ph.D. students in the Robotics Institute, was one of just eight nationwide to win a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Each winning team receives $100,000 and will be mentored by Qualcomm engineers.