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Nov. 27: Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute To Host International Conference on Humanoid Robots


Anne Watzman                       

Byron Spice

Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute To Host
International Conference on Humanoid Robots

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute will host the seventh annual IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown. The conference is sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Robotics and Automation Society.

Highlights will include tours of the Robotics Institute on the Carnegie Mellon campus from 2 to 4 p.m., and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29,  when students and faculty will demonstrate some of their latest research results, including autonomous footstep planning using Honda's famous ASIMO humanoid robot. Other humanoid-related projects will be demonstrated as well, including the Sarcos humanoid, Shadow Hand, Sony QRIO robots, Little Dog quadruped robot, and the electric cable differential leg, a single legged walking robot.

The first day of the conference also will include workshops on humanoid soccer robots, robot vision, motion planning for humanoid robots and additional topics. The Friday and Saturday programs will consist of lectures and poster presentations from researchers around the world involved in humanoid robotics research. 

"This is the most important international conference in the world for exchange of information in the diverse fields of humanoid technologies," said Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor of Robotics James Kuffner, the conference chair. "Some very exciting, cutting-edge technology and scientific experiments involving humanoid robots internationally will be unveiled here in Pittsburgh next week."

For details of the conference, registration information and fees, see