Carnegie Mellon University

We Engineer Robotics Solutions

NREC develops and matures robotics technologies and solutions from concept to commercialization. Our unique expertise places us at the forefront of unmanned ground vehicle design, autonomy, sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, operator assistance, 3D mapping and position estimation. NREC also leads in educational outreach through its Robotics Academy, which creates robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students.

Celebrating the Impact of NREC

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), the university commissioned a study to assess NREC’s impact. An innovative public-private partnership, NREC's impact can be felt in the neighborhood of Lawrenceville, across the Pittsburgh region, and throughout the ever-changing landscape of robotics, technology, and innovation.

Read the report, and explore our technological advancements over the years. 


25+ years of making robotics a reality.
850+ Individual Inventions

Featured Projects

UGV & UAV Collaboration project by the National Robotics Engineering Center.

UGV and UAV Collaboration

Optionally piloted helicopter teamed up with an unmanned ground vehicle to autonomously survey sites for radiation as well as biological or chemical contamination. 

Stress Testing Autonomous Systems project by the National Robotics Engineering Center

Stress Testing for Autonomous Systems

NREC developed the Stress Testing for Autonomy Architectures (ASTAA) tool to find safety problems in autonomy systems that are unlikely to be discovered by other types of tests or extended field testing.