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Monday, March 2, 2009

Numerous collaborations on robotics projects

Overall, Intel is working with approximately 20 robotics research groups, including Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), University of Southern California (USC), University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and Georgia Tech. Intel is also in discussions with universities and robotics manufacturers, such as Sony, about robotic dogs, and Honda and Samsung on using Intel silicon to build robotic humanoids. Intel is also in discussion with NASA and DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) on several major projects.

Other pilot projects include professor Sebastian Thrun's CMU research into an aerial mapping helicopter (photo below), which is currently about 4 feet in length and which has been demonstrated in certain DARPA programs. Acroname is also using Intel's open-source robotics package in their latest commercial robot, called Garcia (see photo at beginning).

Numerous collaborations on robotics projects
Sebastian Thrun's aerial mapping helicopter

In other collaborations, professor Balch of Georgia Tech is using Intel technology to develop hundreds of mobile robots in order to model the swarm behavior of insects. Professor Vijay Kumar is using Intel's XScale boards (photo below) and open-source software for off-road robot investigations. Professor Illah Nourbakhsh is teaching mobile robot programming using new robotics systems with Intel XScale boards and the Linux operating system.

Intel boards are being used in a number of robotics projects

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