Howie Choset is a professor of robotics, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and as director of the robotics major. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, Choset has created a comprehensive program in modular, high DOF and multi-robot systems, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning and estimation. He has designed and constructed a variety of snake robots, highly articulated mechanisms that can exploit their shape and many degrees of freedom to thread through tightly packed regions, accessing locations that people and conventional machinery otherwise could not. Working with practitioners in their respective fields, he has been active in applying these mechanisms toward minimally invasive surgery, urban search and rescue, and the manufacturing of aircraft wing assemblies with Boeing. Choset co-led the formation of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which is a $250M national institute advancing both technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing.
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California Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
California Institute of Technology: M.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania: B.S., Computer Science and Business
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‘Snakebot’ Takes a Dive To Go Where Other Robots Can’t
“We can go places that other robots cannot,” says Howie Choset, professor of computer science. “It can snake around and squeeze into hard-to-reach underwater spaces.” Choset and Matt Travers, co-directors of the Biorobotics Lab, led the work.