Field and Service Robotics 2007 The 6th International
Conference on Field and
Service Robotics
July 9-12 2007, Chamonix, France

RED WHITTAKER  (go to abstract)

Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium, all at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the Chief Scientist of RedZone Robotics.
He has an extensive record of successful developments of robots for craft, labor and hazardous duty. Examples include robots in field environments such as mines, work sites and natural terrain. Dr. Whittaker's portfolio includes the development of computer architectures for controlling mobile robots; modeling and planning for non-repetitive tasks; complex problems of objective sensing in random and dynamic environments; and integration of complete field robot systems.
Dr. Whittaker is widely known for his achievements in the robotics community. A few of his awards include :
  • Engelberger Technology Award
  • Design News Special Achievement Award
  • Hero of Manufacturing Award
  • Aviation & Space Technology Award
Dr. Whittaker has advised twenty-six Ph.D. students, has sixteen patents, and has authored or co-authored over 200 publications.

Plenary : Autonomous and teleoperated field robotics
Automation is building a future where robots develop, secure and feed the world, and explore worlds beyond. Intelligent machines are already changing the way we live, work and expand our experiences. They are becoming tools for labor and hazardous duty on earth, and for exploring other planets, and these robots are here to stay. Development, refinement and markets are driving solutions into the world.
Automation is moving from laboratory to life. The great questions are no longer whether robots can sense, think and act, but how and where to do this. The talk explores latest technical innovations. It also presents applications for these robots in energy, agriculture, construction, mining, security and exploration. Grand Challenge robot competitions are new technical enterprise that is achieving a leap of technology, inspiring the public and galvanizing new visions.
Competitions are played out on a world stage. Breakthroughs from the races are catalyzing technology, opening huge automotive markets, and forever altering the view of what is possible. The presentation concludes with how robots are affecting our world and its future.