William L. Whittaker
William L. Whittaker (US) is a world-renowned roboticist.
Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker is the Fredkin Research Professor of Robotics at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Director of the Field Robotics Center which he founded in 1986. His research centers on mobile robots in field environments such as work sites and natural terrain; computer architectures to control mobile robots; modeling and planning for non-repetitive tasks; complex problems of objective sensing in random or dynamic environments; and integration of complete robot systems.
Projects under Dr. Whittaker's direction 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.