[Exi-bay-chat] robot car guy to give a lecture tomorrow at ames

Jones, Spike spike.jones at lmco.com
Mon Sep 19 16:44:39 UTC 2005

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Michael Mewhinney/Nicholas A. Veronico				Sept.
14, 2005
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000
E-mail: nveronico at mail.arc.nasa.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY: Dr. William "Red" Whittaker will be available for 
interviews on Sept. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. PDT in Bldg. 23 at 
Ames Research Center's NASA Research Park. Please call 650/604-3937 
to schedule an interview. In addition, NASA's Robotics Alliance 
Project will showcase student-built robots of all sizes from 4 p.m. 
to 6 p.m. PDT in front of Bldg. 17 in NASA Research Park. To reach 
Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from Highway 101, drive east to the 
main gate and into NASA Research Park.



NASA Research Park at Ames Research Center will host an open house on 
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PDT, and a free public 
lecture co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University West at 7 p.m. 
PDT, featuring a renowned robotics expert.

Dr. William "Red" Whittaker, a leader in the field of mobile 
robotics, will discuss "Racing for the Future," and his team's 
efforts to win the $2 million Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge racing prize on Oct. 8, 2005. Special 
guest Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, is scheduled to 
introduce Whittaker.

"NASA Ames Research Center has played a key role in the development 
of intelligent systems and smart spacecraft," said NASA Ames Director 
G. Scott Hubbard. "Each advancement in the technology of autonomous 
systems helps NASA realize the vision of using robots and humans 
together to explore our solar system and beyond."

Prior to the lecture, NASA Research Park (NRP) will host robotic and 
NASA Research Park partner exhibits. NASA's Robotics Alliance Project 
will showcase speedy, student-built robots of all sizes from 4 p.m. 
to 6 p.m. PDT. At 5 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University's West Coast 
Campus will demonstrate mini-robots running a course. Facility tours 
will be available for guests interested in locating in the NRP. All 
events take place outdoors at the parade ground in historic 
Shenandoah Plaza.

Whittaker, Fredkin Research Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon 
University's Robotics Institute, leads the Red Team's efforts to win 
the DARPA prize. The race requires an autonomous ground vehicle to 
complete a 175-mile course through California's Mojave Desert in less 
than 10 hours. The Red Team will compete with two entrants - 
Sandstorm (based on an ex-military 1986 Humvee) and HIGHLANDER (a 
1999 H1 Hummer).

"We're honored to have Red Whittaker discuss his work in autonomous 
vehicles, and in collaboration with NASA Ames, to participate in this 
research park event," said Jim Morris, dean of Carnegie Mellon 
University's West Coast Campus.

NASA Research Park's goal is to enhance public and private 
partnerships aligned with NASA's mission. "Racing for the Future" is 
part of the NASA Research Park's Exploration Lecture Series, and is 
co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and its West Coast Campus, 
located in the research park's Building 23. The NASA Research Park 
Lecture Series promotes NASA's vision for exploration and is 
co-sponsored by NRP and the SETI Institute of Mountain View, Calif.

For more information about NASA Research Park on the Internet, visit:


For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:


To follow the Red Team's Grand Challenge racing efforts on the Internet,



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