• Willow Garage Launch “Open Source Robotics Foundation”

    by  • May 9, 2012 • Featured, News • 0 Comments

    Today, Willow Garage, the research group that brought you the PR2 and continue to maintain popular robotics platforms such as ROS and OpenCV, have launched the “Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc” or OSRF for short. It looks to be a community based robotics organization aimed at “the development, distribution and adoption of open source software for use in robotics”.


    While an open-source community driven project seems like a brilliant idea, it needs guidance, and it looks like they have that. A “Board of Directors” will be created, containing “members of the global robotics community who have demonstrated a commitment to open-source robotics, are visible to the community, and have relevant experience in the field.” It looks to be set these members compromise of some highly rated visionaries, educators and leaders of the robotics field:

    Wolfram Burgard. Dr. Burgard is a professor at the University of Freiburg where he leads the Laboratory for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. His major research interests lie in mobile robotics, state estimation and control, as well as artificial intelligence. Burgard is an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and a lifetime member of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Dr. Burgard is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

    Ryan Gariepy. Mr. Gariepy is the co-founder and CTO of Clearpath Robotics. Clearpath Robotics specializes in the design and manufacture of robust and reliable unmanned vehicle solutions for industrial R&D. Gariepy’s belief in the need for a strong global robotics community resulted in Clearpath being the first field robotics company to fully adopt and support ROS. Mr. Gariepy manages Clearpath’s technology strategy and serves as the company’s lead system architect.

    Brian Gerkey. Dr. Gerkey is Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage. Since 2008, Gerkey has worked on ROS, which develops and releases one of the most widely-used robot software platforms. He is also founding and former lead developer on the open source Player Project. For his work on Player and ROS, Technology Review recognized Gerkey with the TR35 award in 2011. Dr. Gerkey will be CEO of the OSRF.

    Helen Greiner. Ms. Greiner is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. She has also been honored as a Technology Review “Innovator for the Next Century” and has been awarded the DEMO God Award and DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award. Greiner serves as the elected President and Board Member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), a non-profit organization established to speed the creation and deployment of ground robotics technology.

    Sam Park. Mr. Park is the executive vice president of Yujin Robot. At Yujin Robot he has directed the commercialization of educational and entertainment robots, elderly service robots and home cleaning robots. Yujin Robot is one of South Korea’s first generation of service robotics companies and also a leading voice in the Korean robotics community. Before joining Yujin Robotics, Mr. Park was an industrial robotics engineer at Motorola.

    More information can be discovered on the projects website:


    Via: Market Watch


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