Winter Quarter 2011 Course Announcement

Perspectives in Assistive Technology

David L. Jaffe, MS and Professor Drew Nelson
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Main Quad, Building 370, Classroom 370


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Tuesday, February 1st

photo of Steve Cousins

Tour of Willow Garage
Steve Cousins
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 4:30pm.

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, CA  94025
cousins -at-
Lecture Material:
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Audio - no audio recorded
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Updated 02/02/2011

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