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Generic Active Appearance Models
We are pursuing techniques for non-rigid face alignment based on Constrained Local Models (CLMs) that exhibit superior generic performance over conventional AAMs.
GigaPan is the newest development of the Global Connection Project, which aims to help us meet our neighbors across the globe, and learn about our planet itself.
The NREC-led team designed, developed and field tested and successfully demonstrated a Gladiator robotic system with high mobility and remote combat capabilities.
Google Lunar X Prize
We are part of a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth.
GPS-denied Localization using ground and air vehicles
In this project, we are developing mapping and localization methods that combine aerial imagery from satellite and aerial platforms with maps and perception from ground-based robots to produce integrated maps even when GPS is unavailable.
Hand Held Force Magnifier
We have developed a novel and relatively simple method for magnifying forces perceived by an operator using a tool. A sensor measures the force between the tip of a tool and its handle held by the operator’s fingers.
Harnessing Human Manipulation
A miniature mobile robot for minimally invasive therapy on the beating heart through a single percutaneous incision.
Helicopter Obstacle Avoidance and Landing
In this project we develop the trajectory planning system for an autonomous helicopter. The helicopter is used for cargo delivery. To read more about the trajectory planning system see the following publications.
High-Aspect-Ratio CMOS Micromachining Process
We have developed an integrated CMOS- MEMS process in which electrostatically actuated microstructures with high-aspect-ratio composite-beam suspensions are fabricated using conventional CMOS processing.
Highly-Articulated Robotic Probe (HARP)
We developed and tested a prototype based on an innovative approach of a highly articulated robotic probe.
Hot Flash Detection
Machine learning algorithms to detect hot flashes in women using physiological measures.
Human Control of Robotic Swarms
Robotic Swarms are distributed systems whose members interact via local control laws to achieve different behaviors. The goal of the project is to develop effective methods for human-swarm interaction and control considering realistic environment and system constraints.
Human-Robot Interaction
The human-robot interaction project explores aspects of social interaction between people and robots, in particular how robots should be designed to provide people with appropriate interactions.
Hydroponic Automation
We are developing inexpensive robotic approaches towards hydroponic growing, which can increase overall crop yield.
IMU-Assisted KLT Feature Tracker
The KLT (Kanade-Lucas-Tomasi) method seeks to increase the robustness of feature tracking utilities by tracking a set of feature points in an image sequence. Our goal is to enhance the KLT method to increase the number of feature points and their tracking length under real-time constraint.
In-Situ Image Guidance for Microsurgery
We have developed a new image-based guidance system for microsurgery using optical coherence tomography (OCT), which presents a continuously updated virtual image in its correct location inside the scanned tissue. OCT provides real-time, 6-micron resolution images at video rates within a 2-6 mm axial range in soft or transparent tissue, and is therefore suitable for guidance to various targets in the eye. Ophthalmologic applications in general are diverse within the realm of anterior-segment surgery, whether for medical treatment or for scientific experimentation. Surgical manipulations, especially of the cornea, limbus, and lens may eventually be aided or enabled, and as an example we are presently working to guide access to Schlemm’s canal for treating Glaucoma.
Indoor Flight in Degraded Visual Environments
Our goal is to fly indoors in degraded visual environments to localize people and fire. We are developing accurate real-time localization and control to be able to fly in these challenging conditions.
Indoor People Localization
Tracking multiple people in indoor environments with the connectivity of Bluetooth devices.
Informedia Digital Video Library
Informedia Digital Video Library - Informedia is pioneering new approaches for automated video and audio indexing, navigation, visualization, summarization search, and retrieval and embedding them in systems for use in education, health care, defense intelligence and understanding of human activity.
Integrated MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit (IMIMU)
Developing a monolithic inertial measurement unit that exploits integrated-microdevice CAD tools to achieve superior system performance over individual microdevices.
Intelligent Monitoring of Assembly Operations (IMAO)
Our goal is to allow people and intelligent and dexterous machines to work together safely as partners in assembly operations performed within industrial workcells. To ensure the safety of people working amidst active robotic devices, we use vision and 3D sensing technologies, such as stereo cameras and flash LIDAR, to detect and track people and other moving objects within the workcell.
Inter-Process Communication Package (IPC)
We are developing a high-level support package for connecting and sending data among processes using TCP / IP sockets.
iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) is a unique internship program that provides Carnegie Mellon University students with the opportunity to conduct technology research projects in developing communities. Started in 2009 by the TechBridgeWorld research group, iSTEP is a rigorous and competitive 10-week internship program that requires the involvement of students with high levels of dedication, team work, cross-cultural adaptability, initiative and academic achievement.