Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision

The Toy Robots Initiative: Educational and Interactive Robotics

Illah R. Nourbakhsh
Assistant Professor of Robotics
The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, April 12, 2000
refreshments 4:05PM, talk begins 4:15PM
TCseq201, Lecture Hall B


In 1998 we founded the Toy Robots Initiative at The Robotics Institute. Its research charter focuses on human-robot interaction, elegant robot mechanism and educational robotics. I will describe our research as well as our educational projects, and then I will provide some entertaining wisdom regarding effective collaboration with toy companies. You can learn more about the initiative at

About the Speaker

Illah R. Nourbakhsh is an Assistant Professor of Robotics in The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. 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 electric wheelchair sensing devices, robot learning, theoretical robot architecture, 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 Millenium Rapid Prototyping Team for the design of autonomous spacecraft. He is a founder and chief scientist of Blue Pumpkin Software, Inc. and Mobot, Inc. He is also chief scientist of Hyperbot, Inc, and leads robot autonomy for Probotics, Inc.
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