The Carnegie Mellon University Field Robotics Center, part of the Robotics Institute, has been at the forefront of autonomous robotics since its founder, Red Whittaker, became a faculty member in 1979. These photos are from my visit in October 2017.

  • Red Whittaker and Cave Crawler at the CMU Field Robotics Center
  • The Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center's Groundhog robot
  • John Kozar, left, and Chuck Whittaker lift the ERIM lidar to a table, no easy task.
  • Chuck Whittaker with the ERIM lidar in the Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center
  • The back of the ERIM lidar
  • Chuck Whittaker points to the window of a Riegl lidar used in the DARPA Grand Challenges.
  • The Perceptron lidar in the CMU Field Robotics Center
  • The Perceptron lidar, up close
  • High on the walls, images of Navlab 2, Terregator, and a Three Mile Island bot.
  • Red Whittaker, at left, with the enormous Ambler robot
  • The Carnegie Mellon "Tartan Racing" team's trophy for winning the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge
  • The Pipe Dream robot at the Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center
  • Pipe Dream, up close
  • Pipe Dream in action during "cold" testing (Courtesy Carnegie Mellon University)
  • CMU Field Robotics Center postdoc Teruko Yata's sonic ring
  • David Kohanbash, a Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center engineer, with his bots
  • David Kohanbash in the CMU Field Robotics Center high bay in Newell-Simon Hall
  • A NASA-sponsored robot high in the high bay
  • The Field Robotics Center's old high bay from above