Climate Action Summit

Red Whittaker

Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Red Whittaker is the Fredkin professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Science Digest named him one of the top 100 U.S. innovators for his work in robotics.

Dr. Whittaker has developed dozens of technologies and robots, breaking new ground in autonomous vehicles, field robotics, space exploration, mining and agriculture. He developed the robots that cleaned up the Three-Mile Island nuclear accident. His ground vehicles have driven thousands of autonomous miles. In 2007, he led Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Racing team to victory in DARPA's $2 million Urban Challenge driverless car race.

His honors include receiving the Alan Newell Medal for research excellence, the Teare award for teaching excellence, the Joseph Engelberger Award for robotics, the Metcalf Award for engineering, the Ramos Medal for systems, the Columbia Medal for aerospace achievement, and the Feigenbaum Prize for his contributions to machine intelligence. 

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