Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Rodney Brooks
Rodney A. Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics, emeritus, at MIT, and since 2008 the founder, Chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics. He was co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of iRobot Corp from 1990 until 2008. From 1997 - 2003 and from 2003 - 2007 he was, respectively, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab and of the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1981. He held research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and a faculty position at Stanford before joining the faculty of MIT in 1984. His research is concerned with both the engineering of intelligent robots to operate in unstructured environments, model-based computer vision, path planning, uncertainty analysis, robot assembly, active vision, autonomous robots, micro-robots, micro-actuators, planetary exploration, representation, artificial life, humanoid robots, and compiler design. Dr. Brooks is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (the other AAAS), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Foreign Fellow of The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). He won the Computers and Thought Award at the 1991 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence), the Robotics Industry Association's Engelberger award in 2014, and the 2015 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. He was co-founding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision.