Prof. Ian D. Walker
Biography: Ian D. Walker received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Hull, England, in 1983 and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. Professor Walker is a Fellow of the IEEE and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the International Journal of Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and the International Journal of Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Soft Robotics. Professor Walker's research centers on robotics, particularly novel manipulators and manipulation. His group is conducting basic research in the construction, modeling, and application of biologically inspired "trunk, tentacle, and tendril" robots. This work is inspired by biological structures including octopus arms, elephant trunks, and the stems of plants such as vines. Another focus of Professor Walker's research is on Architectural Robotics, the use of robotics to create novel (physical) spaces.