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Pittsburgh has historically been known as the "Steel City" because it's home to hundreds of steel-related businesses. It's also called the "City of Bridges" because, you guessed it, it's home to hundreds of bridges. But these days, the city is working to become known for something else altogether.
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Sony Corporation announced yesterday that it has hooked up with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics research that will initially focus on "optimizing food preparation, cooking and delivery." In a press release, Sony said they were starting off with food-related robots because the complexities involved with food could later be applied to a wider range of industries.
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The University of Pittsburgh set a new record for startups created, tallying 23 for the 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30. That was a more than 50 percent increase over the previous record of 15, set last year. Pitt also set new high watermarks for invention disclosures submitted, 363, and options and licenses executed during the past year, 162.
Through the Table Talk Dinner Series, Comcast NBCUniversal's Entrepreneurial Engagement team takes us across the United States to meet tech entrepreneurs who build innovative products and influence startup culture in their cities. Authentic conversations between founders and product and innovation leaders at Comcast NBCUniversal helped create this series of stories about cities, like Pittsburgh, where tech and entrepreneurship is thriving.
A Pittsburgh robotics company with bots already roaming the aisles of Walmart will use its largest round of funding to date to ready the company for global expansion. Bossa Nova, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company, plans to expand around the world after landing $29 million in funding, said Martin Hitch, the company's chief business officer.
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Biotech, self-driving cars, and robotics? Pittsburgh, the Steel Belt city, is the best-kept secret east of Silicon Valley. The old factories and warehouses dotting the Alle­gheny River make up Robotics Row, where Edge Case Research--which, among other things, tests self-driving-car soft­­ware--works out of 19th-century stables.
Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University is the only institution that offers Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs in Machine Learning. Our faculty are world renowned in ML and AI, and are constantly recognized for their contributions to Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Computer Science.
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Fast food, real estate, military operations, even home improvement - many large industries will have to shift their strategies in the wake of driverless cars. It's all but a certainty that autonomous or driverless vehicles will be widely used in the United States at some point over the next two decades.
Facebook wants to flex its artificial intelligence muscle even more, and it's looking to university towns to help. The social networking giant is opening two new offices in Seattle and Pittsburgh, The New York Times reported Friday and Facebook confirmed, as part of an expanded effort to attract AI researchers and experts.
Carnegie Robotics lobby, courtesy of RIDC/Desmone Architects A long-term investment to convert a former steel mill in Lawrenceville into space for Carnegie Robotics helped to boost Pittsburgh's status as a place for robotics companies, and now the mill redevelopment has become a model project for commercial real estate developers.