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Demos + Tours at CMU Robotics Institute

April 20th, 2012


Carnegie Mellon University
Gates and Hillman Centers
5000 Forbes Avenue, Oakland

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm:

Location: Planetary Robotics Lab Highbay – 1st floor, Gates and Hillman Centers
Open to the public.

Demos will include:

River Exploration and Mapping with Small Micro Aerial Vehicles
These vehicles can fly without GPS and find the river through a camera.

Snake Robots

A prototype small-scale mobile manipulation platform that roams around on a tabletop and uses its five degree-of-freedom arm to interact with the world.  In CMU’s Cognitive Robotics course, students learn to program intelligent behaviors for Calliope using the Tekkotsu software framework and C++.

Canine – Robots that play fetch!
This requires a diverse set of behaviors: interacting with the operator in order to determine the object that’s being thrown, searching for and driving to the object, picking up the object, and returning to the operator, who may have moved.

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm:

Tours will meet and depart from GHC 2109

Lab tours will include:

HERB (Home Exploring Robot Butler) makes dinner demo!
A mobile manipulation system and household robot prototype for providing physical assistance with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) in the home.

Visualization Laboratory – The building of an Immersive Reality Dome

Search-based Planning Laboratory - PR2 dual-arm mobile robot, Segbot and possibly Hexarotor UAV with on-board sensing/processing

Multi-Robot Laboratory - Small size soccer robots (CMDragons), and the CoBot and CreBot robots.

TANK the roboceptionist - The goal of the project is to produce a robot helpmate that is useful, exhibits social competence, and remains compelling to interact with for an extended period of time.

Ballbot - A person-sized mobile robot that has only a single spherical wheel.

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