Media Advisory: Humanoid Robot "Baxter" Joins Research Team With Carnegie Mellon's Mobile "CoBot" Robots-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, July 29, 2013

Media Advisory: Humanoid Robot "Baxter" Joins Research Team With Carnegie Mellon's Mobile "CoBot" Robots

Robot Will Be Demonstrated During Laboratory Open House

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 / bspice@cs.cmu.edu

Baxter RobotEvent: The Baxter Research Robot, a humanoid robot built by Rethink Robotics of Boston, has arrived on the Carnegie Mellon University campus and Computer Science Professor Manuela Veloso is sponsoring an open house and demonstration of Baxter in her laboratory. She plans a research project in which the two-armed, but stationary Baxter will work in concert with CoBot, a mobile, but armless robot that her research team has developed. CoBot runs errands for occupants of CMU's Gates and Hillman centers; new capabilities are envisioned with the addition of Baxter to the team.

Baxter, which also is marketed as a low-cost commercial robot, is designed to work side-by-side with people without the need for safety cages. It includes built-in cameras, force sensors, sonar and rangefinder.

When: Wednesday, July 31. Media preview is at 11 a.m.; laboratory open house is from noon to 2 p.m.

Where: The Veloso Lab is in room 3201 of the Gates and Hillman centers on the Carnegie Mellon campus. From the Gates and Hillman elevators, make a U-turn to the left and follow the hallway to its end. Parking is available in the Gates Center parking garage. Because of construction, the Gates garage can no longer be accessed via Roberts Drive. Access now is via South Neville Street; call Byron Spice, 412-268-9068 for detailed directions.

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CMU Computer Science Professor Manuela Veloso plans a research project in which the two-armed, but stationary Baxter (pictured above) will work in concert with CoBot, a mobile, but armless robot that her research team has developed.