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  Georgia Institute of Technology Mobile Robot Lab   Ronald Arkin, laboratory director, college of computing         The Mobile Robot Laboratory’s charter is to discover and develop fundamental scientific principles and practices that are applicable to intelligent mobile robot systems. In addition, it is the goal of this laboratory to facilitate technology transfer of its research results to yield solutions to real world problems for a wide range of application domains 404-894-9311  
  Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Music Technology M.S. – 4 years,  Ph.D – 1 year; M.S. Ph.D Dr. Gil Weinberg 17 Students Created First robot musicians Shimon & Haile. Recently purchased some Boe-Bots for a new robotic musicianship project.   NSF The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT) provides a collaborative framework among Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, College of Computing, and College of Engineering for students, faculty, and researchers to apply their musical, technological, and scientific creativity to the development of innovative artistic and technological artifacts. 404.385.7642  
  Georgia Institute of Technology Healthcare Robotics Laboratory Robotics PhD program (BME, IC, CS, ECE, ME, or AE). The Healthcare Robotics Lab is an interdisciplinary lab with students from multiple units, and the new Robotics PhD is the first truly interdisciplinary PhD program devoted to robotics. BME students are especially welcome. Charles C Kemp, Director, and Dr. Chi-Hung (Aaron) King (Post Doct)   Cody, Dusty, EL-E/ Willow Garage PR2   Wallace H Coulter Foundation, NSF, Willow Garage, Robotics & Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech The Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech is an interdisciplinary lab with members from Biomedical Engineering, Interactive Computing, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are seeking to develop robots that improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare through innovations in autonomous robot manipulation and human-robot interaction. The lab is part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Charles C. Kemp directs the lab, which he founded in September of 2007. The Healthcare Robotics Lab is affiliated with the Center for Healthcare Robotics at the Health Systems Institute and the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. 404.894-6016  
  University of Southern California Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS)   Computer Vision Lab Gerard G. Medioni and Ramakant Nevatia, Directors, Robotics Research Labs Maja J Mataric, Director.         Founded in 1986, IRIS provides a focal point for government- and industry-sponsored research in robotics, machine vision, and manufacturing systems. IRIS publishes a Technical Report Series coordinates a comprehensive educational program at USC, and holds monthly seminars. (213) 740-6428  
  Johns Hopkins University The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) Undergrad Minor in Robotics. Graduate courses in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and, Mechanical Engineering. Gregory S. Chirikjian Ph.D., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering         The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) is an interdisciplinary academic center at the Johns Hopkins University. The mission of LCSR is to foster innovative robotics science and engineering research. It consists of numerous laboratories and collaborating research centers covering domains from Computer Integrated Medicine to Robotic Deep Sea Exploration. 410-516-4639  
  University of California, Berkeley UC Berkeley Robotics and Intelligent Machines Lab   Robert Fleming   Willow Garage PR2          
  University of Southern California, San Diego USC Flow Control & Coordinated Robotics Labs Graduate Programs Prof. Tom Bewley   Willow Garage PR2     Organizationally, our labs are a part of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. We are affiliated with both the Graduate Degree Program in Computation Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (CSME) as well as the Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD) 1.858.643.1109    
  Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Department of Computer Science Robotics Lab The Department of Computer Science at RPI offers an MS degree with specialization in Robotics.           Assuming knowledge of the subject matter in the courses Robotic I and Robotics II, the subjects most useful in pursuing the goals of the CS Robotics Lab are (in no particular order): algorithms, scientific computing, software engineering, optimization and math programming, Bayesian filtering, multibody dynamics, machine learning, database systems, control theory, and signal processing.    
  University of Amherst Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics   Roderic A. Grupen   Dexter, U-Bot 5     The Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics (LPR) is in the Computer Science Department at UMass, Amherst. Our lab studies computational systems that solve sensory and motor problems. Experimental platforms include sensor networks, mobile manipulators, and integrated bimanual humanoids. Current projects focus on dexterous, force-guided manipulation, knowledge representations grounded in closed-loop interaction, human-robot interaction and communication, and computational models for learning and development. 413-577-0618  
  University of Utah Robotics at the University of Utah Graduate Program Jake Abbott, Lab Director    Utah is world-famous for the robotics systems it has produced, including manipulators such as the Utah/MIT Dextrous Hand and the Sarcos Dextrous Arm, humanoid robots such as DB2, entertainment robots such as Disney figures and Jurassic Park the Ride dinosaurs, and virtual reality systems such as the Sarcos Treadport and Biport.     Robotics is the intelligent connection of perception to action. The School of Computing and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are pleased to jointly offer the second graduate program in robotics in the US, with a curriculum that imparts fundamental knowledge about robotics and specific courses in perception, cognition, and action. Reflecting robotics’ interdisciplinary nature, the Robotics Track faculty and the curriculum show equal involvement from the School of Computing and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A varied research program addresses diverse topics such as intelligent agents, hybrid mobile robots, humanoid robots, haptic interfaces, and personal assistive devices. (801) 585-6672   
  Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute The Robotics Insitute offers an undergraduate minor, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph.D as well as a fifth-year master’s program for undergraduate students and a joint M.D./Ph.D option.  Matt Mason, director of Robotic Institute 50 full-time staff A recent Robot Census noted as many as 457 robots roaming the halls at Carnegie Mellon. Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao. RoboCup, Professor Manuela Veloso leader. Aldebaran Robotics Nao. Carnegie Mellon professor Manuela Veloso, president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence   Since its founding in 1979, the Robotics Institute has been leading the world in integrating robotic technologies into everyday life. The Robotics Institute is a worldwide hub of robotics research that encompasses a diverse array of topics. While much of our work focuses on core robotics technologies like manipulation, locomotion, and control, we also focus on related research areas, including machine learning, computer vision, and graphics.  1-412-268-3818  
  Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center   Dimitrios Apostolopoulos, principal investigator, The Crusher and APD;         My focus is to enable robotics as a technology of choice for hazardous applications and inhospitable environments. I pursue this goal through robot development, balanced basic and applied research, scientific advancements, and breakthrough demonstrations in the real world. My objective is to create and deliver “high-impact” robotic systems in a sustained manner for significant applications such as exploration and defense. A “high impact” system is one that introduces an innovative way to solve a problem and leads to measurable improvements over the existing state-of-the-art    
  MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Center for Robotics; Personal Robotics Group; Robot Locomotion Group   Rodney Brookes; Philipp Robbel, a PhD student at MIT’s Personal Robotics Group   Kismet, Willow Garage PR2, Using Kinnect and iRobot for motion control. Robbel used simultaneous localization and mapping code from, some visualization packets from the Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit, and his own interaction, human detection, and gesture code.     With such alumni as Cynthia Breazel, Colin Angle of iRobot. The CSAIL Robotics Center’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge, long-term research and education in robotics.  Our research addresses fundamental problems in designing more capable robots and controlling them to interact intelligently with people, the environment and each other. We also explore how increased capability and intelligence can enable new societal benefits through applications in homes, fields, oceans and outer space. Our research, basic and applied, inspires the development of novel course material aimed both at training students in robotics and at using robots to explore computation, sensing and control.
  Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics Engineering B.S. Robotics Engineering est. in 2007; M.S. Robotics Engineering est in 2009 & Ph.D. Robotics Engineering est. 2010 Michael A. Gennert, Program Director, Kenneth E. Stafford, Associate Director, Fred J. Looft, Associate Director There are over 30 faculty members associated with the program in some way. There are 242 -229 undergraduates and 13 graduate students   WPI sponsors a FIRST team at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science and also organizes annual pre-season and post-season competitions on campus. Several research grants in Medical Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Robotics Competition First undergraduate robotics program in the Nation, first program to offer bachelor’s through Ph.D. In robotics.  Still the only 1 on both counts.  The degree programs are highly multi-disciplinary.  Although supported by CS, ECE, and ME, it is hard to tell where the boundaries are in the program.  WPI tries hard to actively disrespect boundaries, for example, by team-teaching courses, and combining CS, ECE, and ME concepts in all robotics courses. 1-508-831-6665  
  Virginia Tech The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) Graduate Program Dennis Hong, professor of mechanical engineering   Seven Species of Robot including CHARLI, STriDER, ImPASS, CLIMBER, MARS, Chimera, Raphael, Hydras & Darwin     The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at Virginia Tech is a facility for graduate and undergraduate robotics research and education with an emphasis on studying novel mobile robot locomotion strategies. Our research interests are in the area of Robot Locomotion and Manipulation, Kinematics and Mechanisms, Analysis, Simulation, and Design of Mechanical Systems. Most of our research projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 540-231-7183  
  Stanford University Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab   Sebastian Thrun, Clifford Nass and Mark Cutkosky   Stickybot, Willow Garage PR2     The Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) is the intellectual home for researchers in the Stanford Computer Science Department whose primary research focus is Artificial Intelligence. The lab is where 100+ people share the space with 30+ robots.    
  Texas A&M Center for Robot Assisted Search & Rescue (CRASAR) NA Robin Murphy   Survivor Buddy 2.0     The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) is a Type II Center at Texas A&M University, with Dr. Robin Murphy as the overall Director. It serves as crisis response and research organization which strives to direct and exploit new technology development in robotics and unmanned systems for humanitarian purposes worldwide. It was originally established under the auspices of NIUSR (National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue), and participated in the WTC response, deploying robots on Towers 1 and 2, Building 4, and other areas from the early morning of 9/12/2001 through 10/2/2001. Since then, we have participated in numerous incidents and exercises as well as hosted workshops and training exercises (see below). CRASAR has the largest number of deployments of rescue robots of any type: land, sea, or air. 979.845.8737  
  Northwestern University Autonomous Mobile Robot Group, a division of Computer Science at Northwestern University AMRG offers several courses for undergraduates and graduate students interested in robotics and computer systems every year.  Many of the courses taught by AMRG are experimental, covering recent developments and specific issues in robotics and computer systems.  Experimental courses are marked with an asterisk. Professor Ian Horswill         AMRG offers several courses for undergraduates and graduate students interested in robotics and computer systems every year.  Many of the courses taught by AMRG are experimental, covering recent developments and specific issues in robotics and computer systems.  Experimental courses are marked with an asterisk 847-467-2303.  
  Cornell University Robotics at Cornell University This course is for CS, ECE and MAE juniors, seniors and PhD students to teach them learning algorithms for robotic applications. Ashutosh Saxena         Robotics at Cornell spans various subareas, including perception, control, learning, planning, human-robot interaction. We work with a variety of robots such as aerial robots, home and office assistant robots, autonomous cars, humanoids, evolutionary robots, legged robots, snake robots and more. 607-255-7017,  
  Brown University Brown University Robots Group (Robots, Learning & Autonomy) Select Courses, Computer Science degree Chad Jenkins, associate professor   Aldebaran Robotics Nao, iRobot Create     The Brown University Robotics Group strives to realize robots and autonomous systems that are effective collaborators for humans. Towards this end, we explore problems in human-robot interaction, robot learning, robot perception, autonomous control, dexterous manipulation, and game development. Our approach to these problems often involve nonparametric models for dimension reduction, regression, and reinforcement learning. We apply our work to various applications including human-robot teams, mobile robotic manipulators, humanoid robotics, robot soccer, and neural prostheses. Brown Robotics aims to enable reproducibility of our research and development work within the robotics and across society. 401.863.7600  
  University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) Masters and PhD programs