Carnegie Mellon University

Howie Choset

Dr. Howie Choset

Professor, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Newell Simon Hall 3205
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • B.S., Computer Science and Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1996


Howie Choset is Professor of Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and as director of the Robotics Major. He received his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Business from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Dr. Choset received his Masters and Ph.D. from Caltech in 1991 and 1996. Choset's research group reduces complicated high-dimensional problems found in robotics to low-dimensional simpler ones for design, analysis, and planning. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, Dr. Choset has created a comprehensive program in modular, high DOF, and multi-robot systems, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning, and estimation. Dr. Choset’s work has been supported by a number of government and industry grants, and his work has been published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science among other journals. Dr. Choset co-led the formation of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which is a $250M national institute advancing both technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing. Choset is a founding Editor of the journal "Science Robotics."  


Choset's research program has made contributions to challenging and strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. In addition to publications, this work has led to Choset, along with his students, to form several companies including Medrobotics, for surgical systems, Hebi Robotics, for modular robots, and Bito Robotics for autonomous guided vehicles. Recently, Choset.s surgical snake robot cleared the FDA and has been in use in the US and Europe since. Choset also leads multi-PI projects centered on manufacturing: (1) automating the programming of robots for auto-body painting; (2) the development of mobile manipulators for agile and flexible fixture-free manufacturing of large structures in aerospace, and (3) the creation of a data-robot ecosystem for rapid manufacturing in the commercial electronics industry.

Research Interests: medical robotics; snake robotics; medical imaging


Awards and Recognition

  • Best Application Paper, IEEE Safety Security Response Robots (SSRR), 2015

  • "Gold Medal Winner" and "Best-in-Show" at the 2016 Medical Design Excellence Awards for Medrobotics Flexprobe, the surgical snake robot, 2016

  • Red Herring Top 100 Companies in North America for Medrobotics, 2016

  • Advisor for ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2017 Honorable Mention for Wagner, 2017


  • Best New Product and Bronze Medal for Surgical Tools at the Edison Awards for Flexprobe from Medrobotics, 2017
  • Selected for CRASAR Ground Robot of the Year, 2018, for our deployment in Mexico in 2017
  • Engelberger Robotics Award for Education, 2019