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The Robotics Institute (RI) is a division of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It is considered the world leader in robotics research.
The RI was established in 1979, and was the first robotics department at any US university. In 1988 CMU became the first university in the world offering a Ph.D. in Robotics.
In 2012, the total number of people in the RI (faculty, staff, students, postdocs, visitors) was over 500, and the RI annual budget was over $65M, making the RI one of the largest robotics research organizations in the world.
The RI occupies facilities on the Carnegie Mellon main campus as well as in the Lawrenceville and Hazelwood neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, totaling almost 200,000 sq. ft of indoor space and 40 acres of outdoor test facilities.
The National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) was established in 1996 as the commercialization arm of the RI, and has been very successful at applying robotics technology to commercial and defense applications. The RI and NREC also develop curricula and software for using robots in K-12 and college education.
The Field Robotics Center (FRC) has developed a number of significant robots, including Sandstorm and H1ghlander, which finished second and third in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and Boss, which won the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge.
Media coverage and awards
The book Almost Human: Making Robots Think by Lee Gutkind describes the development of robots at the Robotics Institute, particularly focusing on the developers and describing field testing in remote locations.
Notable faculty (current and past)
- Chris Atkeson
- Howie Choset
- Takeo Kanade
- Pradeep Khosla
- Matt Mason
- Hans Moravec
- Raj Reddy
- Katia Sycara
- Sebastian Thrun
- David Touretzky
- Manuela Veloso
- Red Whittaker
Companies started by RI faculty or alumni
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- Applied Perception (now part of QinetiQ North America)
- Astrobotic Technology
- Automatika (now part of QinetiQ North America)
- HyperActive Technologies
- Neya Systems
- Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (now part of Google)
- Redzone Robotics
- Robotics Institute: About the Robotics Institute
- *Gutkind, Lee (2006, 2007). Almost Human: Making Robots Think. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05867-0. ISBN 978-0-393-05867-3
- Knife-wielding robot HERB separates Oreo cookies
- OREO Separator Machine #4 – Creator: Robotic Butler HERB on YouTube
- "NATURAL BORN ROBOTS"- SHOW 1002
- Robot Receptionist Dishes Directions and Attitude
- A Hall of Fame for Robots
- Robot Road Test
- I, Robot
- 2013 Edison Award Winners
- Robotics News
- Robotics Institute Official Website
- Travel Channel showcase of the RI
- NREC Website
- FRC Website