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Oct. 20: RI Commemorates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Field Robotics and Red Whittaker's 60th Birthday


Anne Watzman                       

Byron Spice

RI Commemorates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of
Field Robotics And Red Whittaker's 60th Birthday

Red WhittakerPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute is celebrating University Professor William L. "Red" Whittaker's 60th birthday and the 25th anniversary of field robotics, a discipline he founded, with a two-day event Oct. 24–25. Whittaker, who is also the Fredkin professor of robotics, established the area of research that focuses on creation and deployment of robots in the natural world. He will deliver a public lecture, titled "Robots at Work," at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 24 in 7500 Wean Hall. The talk will explore the latest technical innovations in field robotics and also present applications for these robots in energy, agriculture, construction, mining, security and exploration.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, the institute will host a daylong symposium celebrating field robotics and featuring some of the most distinguished experts in the field. The symposium will be held in the Giant Eagle Auditorium in Baker Hall on the university campus. See for complete details.
The Friday talk and Saturday symposium will be webcast at For more information about the Field Robotics Center, see


Pictured above is Red Whittaker.