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New director named for CMU’s Robotics Institute

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Martial Hebert will become director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, effective Nov. 15, 2014.

Martial Hebert, a researcher in computer vision, is the new director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. He succeeds Matthew Mason, who directed the institute for 10 years. Hebert begins Nov. 15.

“Having joined the institute shortly after its creation, I am honored and thrilled to now have the opportunity to work with the faculty, students and staff to shape the next phase of its journey,” Hebert said.

He joined the Robotics Institute in 1984, and was named a full professor in 1999. The institute has an annual research budget of $54 million.

Hebert’s research spans self-driving vehicles, object recognition in 3-D data and people detection. Mason will turn his focus back to teaching, CMU said.

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