Howie Choset, PhD

  • Professor of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University

Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and as director of the Robotics Major. Choset's research group reduces complicated high-dimensional problems found in robotics to low-dimensional simpler ones for design, analysis, and planning. 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. This work has been supported by both industry and government; DOD support includes two MURIs, one of which Choset was the CO-PI, a young investigator award, and multi-PI awards for modular systems. Choset's research program has made contributions to strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. In addition to publications, this work has led to Choset, along with his students, to form several companies including Medrobotics, for surgical systems, Hebi Robotics, for modular robots, and Bito Robotics for autonomous guided vehicles. Recently, Choset's surgical snake robot cleared the FDA and has been in use in the US and Europe since. Choset also leads multi-PI projects centered on manufacturing: (1) automating the programming of robots for auto-body painting; (2) the development of mobile manipulators for agile and flexible fixture-free manufacturing of large structures in aerospace, and (3) the creation of a data-robot ecosystem for rapid manufacturing in the commercial electronics industry.

Representative Publications

Designing and Implementing Hands-on Robotics Labs
Rosenblatt, M.; Choset, H.
IEEE Intelligent Systems [see also IEEE Expert] , Volume: 15 Issue: 6 , Nov.-Dec. 2000

Hand-held stiffness measurement device for tissue analysis
T. A. Zodage​​, A. N. Chaudhury​, R. A. Srivatsan​, N. Zevallos​, H. Choset​
Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019

Deep Q Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Navigation of Surgical Snake Robot in Confined Spaces
S. Athiniotis, R. A. Srivatsan and H. Choset
Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019
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Ergodic Coverage In Constrained Environments Using Stochastic Trajectory Optimization
E. Ayvali, H. Salman, H. Choset
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems Vancouver(IROS), BC, Canada, September 2017

Multimodal Registration Using Stereo Imaging and Contact Sensing
R. Arun Srivatsan, P. Vagdargi, N. Zevallos and H. Choset
Robotics: Science and Systems, workshop on 'Revisiting Contact - Turning a problem into a solution', MIT, Boston, USA, 2017

Research Interests


Machine learning



Diversity and Inclusion

Research Grants

DARPA, ONR, NSF, Boeing, Foxconn, etc.