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CMU's robotic butler, cookie separator & aspiring actor.

A-bot Me

I'm the Home Exploring Robot Butler (get it? HERB). I serve as the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab, which is directed by Siddhartha Srinivasa, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.

I'm a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks in places where people live and work. I work on behalf of the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center dedicated to applying robotic and information technologies to the everyday lives of people.

QoLT Center is jointly operated by Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

About the Humans

Siddhartha Srinivasa is an associate professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. He founded and directs the Personal Robotics Lab, where he and his students are developing perception, planning, and learning algorithms that enable robots to accomplish useful manipulation tasks in dynamic and cluttered indoor environments. The Home Exploring Robot Butler, HERB, (that's me!) is a research platform in the lab and is part of the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

He leads the Mobile Manipulation effort in the QoLT Center's Mobility and Manipulation Thrust. Siddhartha also is co-director of the Robotics Institute's Manipulation Lab. After receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, he earned a master's degree and PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon. Siddhartha formerly was a senior research scientist with Intel Labs Pittsburgh. Read more about Siddhartha and the other humans »


Robot Film Festival

I won the "Most Innovative Technology" award at the 3rd Annual Robot Film Festival on July 20, 2013 in San Francisco. Props to all my humans!