William L. "Red" Whittaker

Autonomous and teleoperated field robotics.

Fredkin Professor of Robotics, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Director, Field Robotics Center, Robotics Institute.

Chief Scientist, Robotics Engineering Consortium, Carnegie Mellon University.

Chief Scientist, RedZone Robotics

Principal Research Scientist, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1986 - 1996.


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1979.
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1975.
B.S. in Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1973.

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.

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