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International Competitors Join CMU Teams in DARPA Robotics Challenge

Byron Spice Thursday March 05, 2015
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has qualified 14 additional teams, including competitors from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, China and South Korea, to join teams from Carnegie Mellon University and elsewhere in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, June 5–6 in Pomona, Calif.Tartan Rescue, a team fielded by CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center, and Team WPI-CMU, a team based at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that includes CMU Robotics Professor Chris Atkeson, were among 11 teams that previously qualified for the DRC Finals based on their performance at the DRC... 

Carnegie Mellon Students Will Flight Test Sensor Package Designed To Model Surface Pits on Moon and Mars

Byron Spice Thursday March 05, 2015
A team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduates is heading to California's Mojave Desert this spring to flight test a sensor package they developed for analyzing large pits in the surface of the moon or Mars.The flight tests will be conducted aboard a reusable vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing XA-0.1-B rocket, called "Xombie," built and operated by Masten Space Systems. The three flights — two tethered and one free flight — will take place at the Mojave Air and Space Port, and are funded through the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and... 

Carnegie Mellon BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED Funding

Jocelyn Duffy, Shilo Rea Monday March 02, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University has funded eight new neuroscience projects through its ProSEED grant program. The projects, which are part of CMU's BrainHub initiative, propose innovative solutions to answer some of the most pressing questions in brain science and represent the university's strengths in biology, computer science, psychology, statistics and engineering. These areas are the foundation for the global BrainHub initiative, which focuses on how the structure and activity of the brain give rise to complex behaviors.ProSEED, a program initiated by Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh,... 

New Space Race: Astrobotic Will Deliver Competitor's Robots To The Moon

Byron Spice Wednesday February 25, 2015
Astrobotic Technology, which is pursuing the Google Lunar XPrize together with Carnegie Mellon University, will not only deliver its own robot to the moon, but will also transport a pair of rovers for Hakuto, the only Japanese team in the competition.Astrobotic plans to launch its Google Lunar XPrize mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the second half of 2016. Hakuto's twin rovers, Moonraker and Tetris, will piggyback on Astrobotic's Griffin lander to reach the lunar surface. Upon touchdown, the Japanese rovers will be released simultaneously with the CMU-... 

Women Place Their Stamp on Robotics Conference

Byron Spice Wednesday February 25, 2015
The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the world's largest robotics conference and, like members of the robotics field, its organizers predominantly have been men. This year, however, the conference committee is composed entirely of women, with Carnegie Mellon University providing one of the largest contingents.Four CMU faculty members — M. Bernardine Dias, Jessica Hodgins, Katia Sycara and Manuela Veloso — and two alumnae — Ayorkor Korsah (CS'06,'11) and Sonia Chernova (CS'03,'09)  — serve on the organizing committee for ICRA 2015, which is May 26–30 in... 

New Leadership for Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center

Philip Lehman Monday February 23, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University today announced that Herman Herman will succeed Anthony Stentz as director of its National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), effective today.Herman has been a principal commercialization specialist at NREC for eight years, focusing on robotic system design and integration. His work is central to NREC's mission, which is to mature robotics technologies into operationally relevant, field-tested systems and transfer them for commercialization. As a principal commercialization specialist, Herman has been at the center of these thrusts."We are delighted that Herman... 

CSD's Procaccia Wins Sloan Research Fellowship

Byron Spice Monday February 23, 2015
Ariel Procaccia, assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, is one of 126 early-career scientists and scholars from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are recipients of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships.Boris Bukh, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, and Raphael Flauger, assistant professor of physics, are also among this year's fellows, each of whom receives $50,000 to further their research."Over the years, the Sloan Research Fellowships have become some of the most sought-after fellowships available to early-career scholars," says Daniel L... 

Ammar Receives Google Ph.D. Fellowship

Byron Spice Thursday February 19, 2015
Waleed Ammar, a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute, is one of two Carnegie Mellon University students and one of just 15 graduate students from across North America chosen as 2015 Google Ph.D. Fellows.Justin Meza, a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, joins Ammar in this group of students that Google has identified as doing exceptional work on computer science and related disciplines. The two-year fellowship includes tuition, fees and a yearly stipend.Ammar, who is advised by LTI's Noah Smith and Chris Dyer, will receive the Google U.S./... 
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