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Joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in January 2016.


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

Research & Scholarship Interests

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

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
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MIE Assistant Professor John Whitney and CCIS/MIE Affiliated Faculty Robert Platt were awarded $750K NSF grant for creating "A New Robotic Arm for Contact-Rich Manipulation". Abstract...

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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.

February 23, 2018

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...