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Wednesday, September 15 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Keynote Session: Open Source Robotics at 20 - Brian Gerkey, CEO of Open Robotics Foundation

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As a community, we've been building and relying on open source robot software since (at least) 2001. That 20-year effort helped to spur a veritable Cambrian explosion in the robotics industry that we're living through today (hat tip to Gill Pratt). We now see a surprising variety of robots doing not just crowd-pleasing tech demos but actually useful work, across land, air, sea, and space. Through the lens of our work on ROS, I'll present recent achievements, current challenges, and future plans. I'll discuss the impact of our efforts, offer insights into our product roadmaps, and argue why you should build your next product on robust open infrastructure.

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Brian Gerkey

co-founder and CEO, Open Robotics
Brian Gerkey is co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics, which drives the development and adoption of open software and hardware for robotics. Prior to Open Robotics, Brian worked at Willow Garage, SRI, Stanford, and USC. Brian is a strong believer in, frequent contributor to, and constant... Read More →

Wednesday September 15, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
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