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William (Red) L. Whittaker
University Professor, RI
Office: NSH 2109
Phone: 412-268-6559
Fax: 412-268-1338
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Connie Franchini
Affiliated Center(s):
 Space Robotics Initiative (SRI)
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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Current Projects [Past Projects]
3D Mine Mapping (Groundhog)
We are developing robotic systems for automated 3D mine mapping.
Autonomous Ground Vehicle Design
Pursuing high speed navigation of unrehearsed terrain in pursuit of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge
The Demeter project is developing a next-generation self-propelled hay harvester for agricultural operations.
EventScope's goal is to develop a teaching tool that lets students actively explore 3D representations of NASA mission sites while participating in a cross-disciplinary curriculum that illustrates scientific theories and principles with real-world data from the site.
Exploration of Planetary Skylights and Caves
We have developed a mine mapping robot.
Google Lunar X Prize
We are part of a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth.
Lunar Ice Discovery Initiative (Icebreaker)
Icebreaker is a proposed mission to explore the south pole of the Moon.
Lunar Regolith Excavation and Transport
This research develops lightweight robotic excavators for digging and transporting regolith (loose soil) on the Moon.
Lunar Rover for Polar Crater Exploration (Scarab)
The Scarab lunar rover has been designed to carry a 1-meter coring drill and a payload of science instruments that can analyze the abundance of hydrogen, oxygen and other materials.
Lunar Rover Initiative (LRD)
first interactive space exploration event
Lunar Rover Navigation
Carnegie Mellon researchers are creating the prototype for a new lunar rover that can navigate rugged terrain autonomously and under supervisory control over thousands of kilometers of terrain. As part of this Lunar Rover Initiative, the LRD Navigation Group is developing the navigation system of the rover.
Robots for Chornobyl Stabilization
Robotic Perception for Underground Rescue
Robots are potential tools for life saving in underground rescue operations like mine disasters. Human rescuers are thwarted by roof falls, explosion dangers, quality of air, visibility through smoke and dust, mental stress and physical endurance.
Skyworker is an assembly, inspection, and maintenance robot that will softly and autonomously transport and manipulate payloads of kilograms to tons over kilometer distances.
TRESTLE: Autonomous Assembly by Teams of Coordinated Robots
The TRESTLE project is developing the architectural framework necessary to coordinate robots performing complex assembly projects.