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John “Peter” Whitney

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Research Focus

Human-safe robots, medical robotics, soft robotics and soft material manufacturing, MEMS, microrobotics, bio-inspired design, flapping aerodynamics and insect flight

About

Joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in January 2016.

Education

  • PhD Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2012
  • SM Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, 2006

Research Overview

Human-safe robots, medical robotics, soft robotics and soft material manufacturing, MEMS, microrobotics, bio-inspired design, flapping aerodynamics and insect flight

Selected Publications

  • N. Burkhard, S. Frishman, A. Gruebele, J.P. Whitney, R. Goldman, B.L. Daniel, M.R. Cutkosky, A Rolling-Diaphragm Hydrostatic Transmission for Remote MR-Guided Needle Insertion, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2017
  • J.P. Whitney, T. Chen, J. Mars, J.K. Hodgins, A Hybrid Hydrostatic Transmission and Human-Safe Haptic Telepresence Robot, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2016
  • N.O. Perez-Arancibia, J.P. Whitney, R.J. Wood, Lift Force Control of Flapping-Wing Microrobots Using Adaptive Feedforward Cancellation Schemes, IEEE Transactions of Mechatronics, 18, 2013, 1-14
  • P.S. Sreetharan, H. Tanaka, J.P. Whitney, et al., Progress on “Pico” Air Vehicles, International Journal of Robotics Research, 31(11), 2012, 1292-1302
  • J.P. Whitney, R.J. Wood, Conceptual Design of Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 7, 2012, 1-10
  • P.S. Sreetharan, J.P. Whitney, M.D. Strauss, R.J. Wood, Monolithic Fabrication of Millimeter-Scale Machines, Journal of Micromechics and Microengineering, 22(5), 2012, 055027 *cover article
  • H. Tanaka, J.P. Whitney, R.J. Wood, Effect of Flexural and Torsional Wing Flexibility on Lift Generation in Hoverfly Flight, Integrative and Comparative Biology51(1), 2011, 142-150
  • J.P. Whitney, P.S. Sreetharan, K. Ma, R.J. Wood, Pop-Up Book MEMS, Journal of Micromechics and Microengineering, 21(11), 2011, 1-7 *cover article
  • J.P. Whitney, R.J. Wood, Aeromechanics of Passive Rotation in Flapping Flight, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 660, 2010, 197-220

Faculty

Sep 25, 2018

Creating Robots for Safer Human Interactions

MIE Assistant Professor John Whitney and Khoury/MIE Affiliated Faculty Robert Platt were awarded $750K NSF grant for creating “A New Robotic Arm for Contact-Rich Manipulation”. Abstract Source: NSF People with disabilities, the infirm, and the elderly would benefit from capable service robots in the home that could assist with daily living tasks. Robots with arms […]

Faculty

Apr 24, 2018

The Rise of Northeastern Robotics

MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney, ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh, and MIE Affiliated Faculty Robert Platt were hand-selected to attend Amazon’s MARS conference which brings together leaders in AI, automation, robotics, and space exploration.

Faculty

Feb 23, 2018

Working Alongside Robots

MIE Assitant Professor Peter Whitney is developing a mechanical system for robots which combines precision with the gentleness needed to work with humans. Source: News @ Northeastern It’s the Holy Grail in robotics: an android that can perform complex tasks beside humans in a real-world environment. The problem is that when robots are asked to […]

Sep 15, 2016

Creating Robots with Lifelike Movements

MIE Assistant Professor John Whitney led the Disney Research team that created Jimmy, a robot that moves with lifelike speed and grace.

May 16, 2016

Designing Lifelike Robotic Movements

MIE Assistant Professor John Whitney worked with Disney Corporation to create a robot with lifelike movements that could perform such tasks as threading a needle or closely interact with humans.

Jan 06, 2016

New Faculty Spotlight: John "Peter" Whitney

John "Peter" Whitney joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in January 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

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