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Chriss Swaney,
Carnegie Mellon, 412-268-5776

Kristen Collins,
KMCpartners, 617-795-0800

For immediate release:
May 15, 2002

Howie Choset Named One Of The World's Top Young Innovators- By Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Carnegie Mellon University announced today that Howie Choset, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, robotics and electrical and computer engineering has been chosen as one of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation.

The TR100, chosen by Technology Review, MIT's award-winning magazine of innovation, consists of 100 young individuals whose innovative work in business and technology has a profound impact on today's world. Nominees are recognized for their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology, telecommunications and transportation.

Choset's research involves development of the snake robot and a variety of other mechanical and control strategies for urban search, rescue and structure inspections. He also has worked on developing robots and planned techniques for use of robots for demining excursions. Demining involves removal of land mines.

Choset is being honored May 23rd during a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event, themed "The Innovation Economy: How Technology is Transforming Existing Businesses and Creating New Ones," includes a full day of conference sessions and panel discussions followed by an evening awards ceremony. Hosted by Technology Review's Editor-in-Chief John Benditt and CNBC's Consuelo Mack, conference speakers include international leaders such as Kenneth Starr Esq.; Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and author of The Innovators Dilemma; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; Rodney Brooks, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Co-director of Project Oxygen, MIT; Richard Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research; and David Tennenhouse, Vice President and Corporate Technology Group Director, Intel Corporation.

TR100's unparalleled panel of judges includes:

  • Dr. David Baltimore, President, California Institute of Technology
  • Alfred Berkeley III, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ
  • Richard Demillo, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard
  • Dr. Philippe Janson, Vice President, IBM Academy of Technology
  • Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe, Venture Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
  • Dr. Cherry A. Murray, Senior Vice President of Physical Science Research, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Director, MIT Media Laboratory
  • Dr. Judith Rodin, President, University of Pennsylvania

About Technology Review Inc.- Technology Review, MIT's magazine of Innovation, is the world's oldest technology magazine. The magazine, as well as its signature events and Internet businesses, delivers essential information on emerging technologies on the verge of commercialization. Since 1998, Technology Review's paid circulation has more than tripled, from 92,000 to 310,000 (as of January 2002). Several hundred thousand current MIT alumni, faculty and students, senior technology thinkers and influencers - venture capitalists, chief scientists, researchers, senior corporate executives, investors, and innovators throughout the world—constitute the Technology Review community.

About Carnegie Mellon University- Carnegie Mellon University is one of the nation's leading private research universities. The university's interdisciplinary approach provides graduates with professional and technical skills, and a strong science and liberal arts background.


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