Andrew Schwartz-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Illah Nourbakhsh

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Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
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Illah R. Nourbakhsh is Associate Professor of Robotics in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. He was on leave for the 2004 calendar year, at NASA/Ames Re­search Center serving as Robotics Group lead. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 1996. He is co-founder of the Toy Robots Initiative at The Robotics Institute. His current research projects include educational and social robotics, electric wheel­chair sensing devices, believable robot personality, visual navigation and robot locomotion. His past research has included protein structure prediction under the GENOME project, soft­ware reuse, interleaving planning and execution, and planning and scheduling algorithms. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory he was a member of the New Millennium Rapid Prototyping Team for the design of autonomous spacecraft. He is a founder and chief scientist of Blue Pumpkin Software, Inc., which was recently acquired by Witness Systems, Inc. Illah recently co-authored the MIT Press textbook, Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots.
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"My efforts in the areas of educational robotics and human-robot interaction have convinced me that Quality of Life Technologies are not only a way to have real, measurable impact on the effectiveness with which technology makes the life of people better; but that this also serves as an ideal domain in which to weave education and technology literacy throughout the education pipeline."