Carnegie Mellon University

Illah Nourbakhsh

Illah Nourbakhsh

Professor, Robotics Institute


Illah Nourbakhsh focuses on community-oriented robotics, including systems that help people communicate across cultural lines, technologies that are accessible to non-technologists and vehicles that don't pollute.

  • In a joint effort with Google and NASA called the Global Connections Project, helped develop the GigaPan camera system, a robotic camera mount that enables any digital camera to create gigapixel panoramas. Pioneering scientific applications of GigaPan. A spin-off company, GigaPan Systems, now sells the camera mount and related software.
  • Created Google Earth overlays for sharing cultural information and, working with UNESCO, created an international educational program in which students create GigaPan images of their communities and share with students in other countries.
  • Heads the ChargeCar program, which is developing a community-based program to convert cars to electricity and use artificial intelligence to make power management more efficient in vehicles.

For an interview, email Byron Spice, or call him at 412-268-9068.