February 6, 2001
Pittsburgh is garnering more national media attention for its growing robotics industry. TechWatch, CNN's Financial Network, reports that most recently Pittsburgh has been declared one of four "new boomtowns" by engineering trade magazine Prism. Readers might also remember the November 1999 Wall Street Journal article, which renamed Pittsburgh "Roboburgh" in its listing of the country's 13 hottest tech regions. According to CNN's TechWatch, Pittsburgh's budding robotics industry is attributed to Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and its National Robotics Engineering Consortium in Lawrenceville, historical links to robotics, especially through Westinghouse Electric Company, as well as industry's transition to commercial use from past emphasis on military use and research and development.