An Open Source Platform for Personal Robots

Steve Cousins (Willow Garage)
Keynote
Location: Marina Ballroom D

Personal Robots move about in human environments and perform useful tasks on behalf of people. Achieving the potential of these devices requires the combined skills of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers.

In this talk we introduce an open source platform for personal robots that integrates the best technologies from various areas of robotics and work from top research institutions, within a flexible and lightweight modular architecture. This work, the result of a multi-institution collaboration, will be released along with a mobile two-arm personal robot hardware platform by the end of 2008.

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Steve Cousins

Willow Garage

Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and creating a significant return on investment. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top Human-Computer Interaction Research groups in the world.

Before he assumed his roles at Willow Garage and Almaden Research, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Earlier in his career Steve was a member of the research staff in the Information Sciences and Technology Laboratory where his research interests were in information visualization, personal information management and digital libraries. Steve’s career in research began at the Medical Informatics Laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine, followed by research at Interval Research while completing his doctoral work at Stanford.

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