Keynote Speakers

Day 1- Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 9:00 a.m.
William Whittaker William "Red" Whittaker
Fredkin Professor of Robotics
Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute
William "Red" Whittaker is the Fredkin professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. He has developed dozens of robots, breaking new ground in autonomous vehicles, field robotics, space exploration, mining and agriculture. Whittaker developed the robots that cleaned up the Three-Mile Island nuclear accident. His ground vehicles have driven thousands of autonomous miles. Whittaker won DARPA's $2 million Urban Challenge. His HUMVEEs finished second and third in DARPA's Grand Challenge desert race. Whittaker is currently competing for the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize for privately landing a robot on the moon.
Day 2- Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 9:00 a.m.
Dmitri Dolgov Dmitri Dolgov
Software Engineer
Google Inc.
Dmitri Dolgov is a software engineer at Google, where he works on self-driving cars. Before that he was a senior research scientist in the Toyota Research Institute's AI & Robotics group and a visiting research scientist at Stanford University's AI lab. While at Stanford, he worked on the self-driving car Junior for the DARPA Urban Challenge. In 2008, Dmitri was named one of "AI's 10 to Watch" by the IEEE Intelligent Systems. He received a BS and an MS in applied physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Dmitri also holds an MS and a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan for work on algorithms for decision making in multi-agent systems.