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Research at the Robotics Institute

The Robotics Institute is a worldwide hub of robotics research that encompasses a diverse array of topics. While much of our work focuses on core robotics technologies like manipulation, locomotion, and control, we also focus on related research areas, including machine learning, computer vision, and graphics.


This web site organizes the Institute's research at three different, progressively more general levels: projects, labs and groups, and centers and consortia. A project is a single body of work on a specific topic or a set of related topics. Labs and groups involve multiple people working together on a set of projects, often with a related theme.


Typically, Labs are associated with a physical location, while groups may not have a shared workspace. Centers and consortia involve multiple labs, groups, and individual researchers who are working toward a common general theme, such as Medical Robotics. A center generally consists of researchers primarily from within the Robotics Institute, while a consortium is a collaboration with researchers at other institutions.

New Projects

Factory Automation
We are developing the next generation of mobile robots for operating in the factory environments. These mobile robots can localize without modifying the factory and navigate . . .
Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)
We are developing a robotic phenotyping systems for phenotyping crops for rapid breeding . . .
Autonomous Off-Road Driving
We are developing autonomous technology for off-road driving in wilderness environments Key developments include perception, planning and control capabilities. This is a joint development with Yamaha . . .
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Research in the News

Kanade Will Receive IEEE Founder's Medal
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named . . .
Investigating What It Takes To Be A Successful Negotiator
Carnegie Mellon researchers in Qatar and Pittsburgh have joined forces to explore the behavior of successful negotiators. The study . . .
Robots Learning To Pick Things Up As Babies Do
Babies learn about their world by pushing and poking objects, putting them in their mouths and throwing them. Carnegie . . .
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