On Friday, Oct. 24, Whittaker--Fredkin Professor of Robotics, director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium--delivered a free public lecture in Wean Hall entitled "Robots at Work."
The Robotics Institute hosted some of the most distinguished experts in the field on Saturday, Oct. 25 for a day-long symposium. Speakers included David Akin of the University of Maryland; Hugh Durrant-Whyte of the University of Sydney; David Lavery of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Robin Murphy of Texas A&M University; Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics; John Reid of Deere & Company; Sebastian Thrun of Stanford University; Brian Wilcox of Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Dana Yoerger of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
(Video and biographies of the speakers are available at www.fr25.org.)
A reception and banquet followed at Phipps Conservatory. At right, Whittaker autographs one of the table favors for Murphy. Both are wearing coonskin caps to celebrate Whittaker's status as a robotics "pioneer." Below, a shot of the symposium in the Giant Eagle Auditorium of Baker Hall.
(Wade H. Massie photos)