iROBOT: Technical Talk

  • Gates Hillman Centers
  • ASA Conference Room 6115
Career Presentation

Robots and the Smart Home

Home robots, such as the iRobot Roomba vacuuming robot, have been welcomed into millions of homes around the world and are hard at work every day helping people to get more done.  iRobot is the market leader in home robotics and is at the forefront in developing technologies for practical robots, including visual SLAM, navigation, and human-robot interaction.  We have already changed the way people clean through robots like Roomba.  Now we are working towards a vision for how robots will enable a truly smart, smart home.  The smart home will be built on an ecosystem of connected and coordinated robots, sensors, and devices that provides people with a high quality of life by seamlessly responding to the needs of daily living – from comfort and convenience to security and efficiency.  This talk will highlight how robots, and robotics technologies, are uniquely positioned to drive innovative new smart home solutions.

Dr. Chris Jones is Vice President of Technology at iRobot Corporation. He has over 20 years of experience in robotics research and development across academia, government, and industry.  At iRobot Dr. Jones’ responsibilities are centered on long-term technology planning and strategy, management of advanced technology development, and fostering strategic partnerships to advance the state-of-the-art in practical robotics.  Prior to joining iRobot in 2005, Dr. Jones was involved in robotics research and development at the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and the Robotics Research Lab at Texas A&M University. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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