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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Solving the challenges of neuroprosthetics
Going with the Flow
Learning how things get from one place to another
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.
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Tools of the Trade
Melvin the robot just wants to get along
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