Carnegie Mellon’s Robot Census

Photo by Celia Ludwinski, Carnegie Mellon Tartan Photo Editor.

Meanwhile, in other robot news today, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotic Institute is taking time off from her interactive robot theater projects to perform a “robot census” of every ‘bot at her institution.

Student Heather Knight, whom the Carnegie Mellon Tartan says “is interested in making interactive theater productions featuring people and acting robots, in which an audience can teach robots how to be more like humans,” was inspired to undertake this offering after wrestling with the complicated grad student problem of choosing a research adviser. “It’s like, how can you choose your adviser if you don’t know what robots they have?” she told the Tartan. I remember asking myself the same question in my undergrad days — and I was a History major.



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