Melvin is a humanoid robot designed as a tool for studying human-robot interaction. He can see, hear, talk, move, walk, and even convey emotions with his expressive face. He is the centerpiece of research in the laboratory of Charles Rich, professor of computer science, who introduces us to Melvin in Tools of the Trade.

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Message from President Berkey
Do not doubt that you can change the world

Replacement Parts
Solving the challenges of neuroprosthetics

Going with the Flow
Learning how things get from one place to another

Learning Machines
Creating intelligent tutors that teach and assess

Earth's Best Friends
Creating, using, and saving energy—sustainably.

When Every Second Counts
Saving lives and safeguarding the lifesavers.

Research Highlights
Faculty awards, honors, books, and grants

Tools of the Trade
Melvin the robot just wants to get along

Research Archive
Please review the 2007 Research articles