Tuesday, February 1st
Tour of Willow
President and CEO, Willow Garage
This lecture will be held at Willow
Garage in Menlo Park. The class will convene in the front lobby at
Abstract: Willow Garage develops
hardware and open source software for personal robotics applications. Willow
Garage's employees are a team of experts in robot design, control, perception,
and machine learning, with both a strong theoretical background and a
demonstrated drive to produce practical systems. Approximately one third are
robotics researchers whose specialties include: grasping/manipulation,
human-robot interaction, motion planning, perception, and task planning.
Researchers provide an institutional expertise to ensure that Willow Garage
stays at the technological forefront of the many depth expertise areas
represented in robotic technologies.
Willow Garage is only one part of the
open-source robotics community. They focus their efforts in ways that will make
the entire community more productive. Willow Garage actively engages research
labs and companies as partners, collaborators, customers and advisors in the
development of both their hardware platform and open source software. Willow
Garage also supports researchers who would not otherwise have the bandwidth or
funding to open source their work.
Biosketch: Steve Cousins is a seasoned
executive, entrepreneur, and innovator with a strong track record for managing
research and development organizations and realizing 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. Earlier, Steve
managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto
Research Center (PARC).
- Contact information:
- Willow Garage
- 68 Willow Rd.
- Menlo Park,
- cousins -at- willowgarage.com
- Lecture Material:
Gallery photos - 35 photos
- Audio - no audio recorded
- Willow Garage
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