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William (Red) L. Whittaker
University Professor, RI
Office: NSH 2109
Fax: 412-268-1338
  Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Ashley M. McClinton
Affiliated Center(s):
 Space Robotics Initiative (SRI)
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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Past Projects [Current Projects]
We are developing the Ambler, a six-legged walking robot that addresses the challenges of exploring rugged terrains, acquiring samples, and avoiding dangerous situations.
Atacama Desert Trek
Robotic traversal of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile
Autonomous Rover Technologies (ART)
Pursuing breakthroughs and insights into fundamental aspects of robot perception, navigation, position estimation, and integrated exploratory science from a robot.
Dante I
Dante II
Planetary Exploration
Robotic All Terrain Lunar Exploration Rover (Ratler)
Ratler is a battery-powered, four-wheeled, skid-steered vehicle used as a testbed to develop the remote driving techniques needed for a lunar mission.
Robotic Antarctic Meteorite Search (RAMS)
Developing robots to search for meteorites in Antarctica, as an analog of a planetary exploration robot.
Robot for Decontamination and Dismantlement
Solar Blade Solar Sail
CMU is embarking on an effort to fly the first solar sail, a spacecraft that utilizes solar radiation pressure as its only means of propulsion and attitude control.
Sun Synchronous Navigation (Hyperion)
We are developing the algorithms, technologies, and experiments that will fulfill the vision of sun-synchronous circumnavigation.
Tartan Racing
Carnegie Mellon University is teaming with General Motors to compete in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.
We developed the Terregator to serve as a testbed machine for a wide variety of projects.
Space Shuttle Tile Inspector
Urban Challenge