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Carnegie Mellon Robot Census

Credit: Carnegie Mellon Robot Census

Results of the census can influence the allocation of federal funds for education programs, law enforcement, and highways—and apparently tell us how many crazy robots are running loose.

Well, at least the Carnegie Mellon Robot Census 2010 can tell us the last one. So far, it has tallied 547 robots on the CMU campus. It all started when Heather Knight, a first-year Ph.D. student at CMU's Robotics Institute, decided bots at the school deserved to stand up and be formally counted.

"As much as we're here for the professors, we're also here for the robots," Knight says. With CMU a hub for wild and wacky bots and no comprehensive tally of them, the obvious next step was a census, she says.

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