David Wettergreen is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. David earned his bachelor’s in applied science and mathematics in 1987, his masters in software systems in 1989, and Ph.D. in robotics in 1995, all at Carnegie Mellon University.
His research and courses focus on robotic exploration: underwater, on the surface, and in air and space, and in the necessary ingredients of navigation: perception, planning, learning and control for robot autonomy. David currently leads projects in robotic exploration using robots to investigate the geology and biology of the Atacama Desert in Chile and to sample micro-organisms living in the Antarctic ice sheet with Nomad.
David has led research in underwater robotics as a research fellow working at the Robotic Systems Laboratory at the Australian National University. While there, David led development of Kambara, an autonomous underwater robotic vehicle. He designed the architecture for onboard autonomy and designed Kambara’s underwater visual servo-control for vehicle guidance including dynamic target following. David also led navigation and autonomy research for the Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer (DEPTHX) project, an underwater investigation of flooded caverns in Mexico.
Researching sonar-based simultaneous localization and mapping for enclosed spaces and designing planning and autonomy techniques for cave exploration.