WILLIAM “RED” L. WHITTAKER is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is the director of Carnegie Mellon's Field Robotics Center, which he founded in 1986, and cofounder and chief scientist of RedZone Robotics. His research centers on walkers for planetary exploration, mobile robots in unpredictable field environments such as work sites and natural terrain; computer architectures to control mobile robots; modeling and planning for nonrepetitive tasks; complex problems of objective sensing in random or dynamic environments; and integration of complete robot systems. Projects under Dr. Whittaker's direc-tion include unmanned robots to explore planetary surfaces and volcano interiors, automation of mining machines and farm equipment, remote work systems for nuclear facility decommissioning, mobile robots for hazardous waste site investigation, and autonomous land vehicle navigation.



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