Quantcast

Latest Robotics Institute Stories

2011-08-08 14:44:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around -- mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves -- scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere -- in natural...

2011-06-15 15:31:00

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the moon in 2014. The half-ton aluminum structure will now be shipped to Boeing Co. facilities in El Segundo, Calif., for shake testing to confirm its soundness and its compatibility with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. (Photo:...

ec3316120849398c3ee3fbcbc137e288
2010-09-09 10:44:48

Computer vision systems can struggle to make sense of a single image, but a new method devised by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University enables computers to gain a deeper understanding of an image by reasoning about the physical constraints of the scene. In much the same way that a child might use a set of toy building blocks to assemble something that looks like a building depicted on the cover of the toy set, the computer would analyze an outdoor scene by using virtual blocks to...

2010-04-27 10:06:00

PITTSBURGH, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from Google Inc., NASA and National Geographic will be among the speakers exploring the scientific uses of panoramic imagery at the first Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, Nov. 11-13, 2010, at Carnegie Mellon University. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) The conference, sponsored by the Fine Foundation of Pittsburgh, will focus on new technologies for producing electronic images that...

2009-09-09 12:30:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft Corp., will present the keynote address at dedication ceremonies for the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies on Sept. 22 at Carnegie Mellon University. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) The newly constructed Gates and Hillman centers contain classrooms, research space...

2008-07-14 03:00:18

By Mark Houser, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 14--Al Jazeera is coming to Pittsburgh. The Middle Eastern TV network plans to have a crew in Pittsburgh today and Tuesday shooting a piece on the large robotic sculptures that are part of Robot 250, a citywide exhibition. "I think it'll be cool," said Ian Ingram, the local artist whose motorized, 12-foot foam "You're No. 1" hand adorns the roof of the Andy Warhol Museum. Ingram said he will show the video crew around the city to...

7311ab0e2feb59acfbfc75ab1197a3c21
2007-09-26 07:49:46

PITTSBURGH -- Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA that can creep over rocky slopes and then anchor itself as a stable platform for drilling deep into extraterrestrial soils. Called "Scarab," this four-wheeled robot will never leave the Earth.  But it will demonstrate technologies that a lunar rover will need to find concentrations of hydrogen, possibly water and other volatile...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'