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AIC Seminar Series

iRobot Corporation: A Research and Development Overview

Chris JonesiRobot Corporation

Notice:  Hosted by Brian Gerkey

Date:  Wednesday, November 16th 2005 at 3:30pm

Location:  EJ228  (Directions)


iRobot provides robots that enable people to complete complex tasks in a better way. We have developed proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence to build industry-leading robots. Our Roomba floor vacuuming robot and recently announced Scooba floor washing robot perform time-consuming domestic chores, and our PackBot tactical military robots perform battlefield reconnaissance and bomb disposal. In addition, we are developing the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle reconnaissance robot for the U.S. Army’s transformational Future Combat Systems program and, in conjunction with Deere & Company, the R-Gator unmanned ground vehicle. We also have an active Research Group whose mission is to provide the innovation that drives the company’s products forward. Robotic research has always been the foundation of iRobot, with each advance driving the next one forward. From the insectoid Ghengis to the crablike Ariel, from the battle-proven PackBot to the heavy-duty NeoMover, from the networked robots of the Swarm to the many generations of Roomba, each iRobot offering is the result of vision, teamwork, and world-class research. This talk will provide an overview of these and other of iRobot’s past and present research and development programs.

   Bio for Chris Jones

Chris Jones is a Robotics Researcher at iRobot Corporation in Burlington, MA. He began this position in March 2005 and is working in the area of mobile robot autonomy and the coordination of multiple robots. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. (2005) and M.S. (2003) in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. (1999) in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Research Group at iRobot, he has been involved in robotics research and development in such places as the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and the Robotics Research Lab at Texas A&M University. His interests include mobile robot autonomy, the coordination of multiple robots, and human-robot interaction.

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