Mr. Rand Whillock is an innovative, creative, engineer, and scientist with extensive experience in both leading edge research and education. Mr. Whillock has led teams conducting research and development in the areas of signal and image processing, computer vision, biometrics, security, and human factors. Mr. Whillock was technical and program management lead for numerous government and corporate funded projects developing technologies for applications including: people detection, tracking and recognition, target recognition, and automatic video news story analysis. Mr. Whillock has been project manager for large biometrics system development teams, including the Combined Face And Iris Recognition System (CFAIRS), for which he was honored with a Honeywell technical achievement award in 2003. Mr. Whillock recently managed two multimillion dollar IARPA funded programs to develop innovative biometric acquisition systems and algorithms.
Mr. Whillock was lead developer on programs to develop Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) user interfaces for Army tank commanders and a medium fidelity flight simulator for aircraft pilot testing. On these programs Mr. Whillock conducted extensive user interviews and focus groups to gather initial system requirements and to perform user testing of system prototypes. Mr. Whillock was also lead developer of a real time automatic target cueing system which he flight tested on a Boeing 757 aircraft.
Mr. Whillock is involved in teaching, coaching, and mentoring students and teachers. He teaches a class in industrial robotics at Normandale Community College. For over 15 years, he has coached and mentored First Lego League (FLL) robotics teams, most recently volunteering as a mentor for inner city Minneapolis school teams. Mr. Whillock has been a long time FLL judge, tournament organizer and advisor with Minnesota High Tech Kids and was recently honored with a leadership award for his work. Mr. Whillock regularly demonstrates his robots in classrooms, public libraries, and local conferences to inspire kids to get more involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Mr. Whillock also builds remotely operated fighting robots, one of which he competed with on the TV Show Robot Wars.
Mr. Whillock is a creative inventor, holding 11 patents with 14 others pending.