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Brian Gerkey

Brian Gerkey
CEO, Open Source Robotics Foundation

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Brian Gerkey is CEO of OSRF. Prior to joining OSRF, Brian was Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage. Previously, Brian was a Computer Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI, and before that, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford University. Brian received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003, his M.S. in Computer Science from USC in 2000, and his B.S.E. in Computer Engineering, with a secondary major in Mathematics and a minor in Robotics and Automation, from Tulane University in 1998.

Brian is a strong believer in, frequent contributor to, and constant beneficiary of open source software. Since 2008, Brian has worked on the ROS Project, which develops and releases one of the most widely used robot software platforms in robotics research and education (and soon industry). He is founding and former lead developer on the open source Player Project, which continues to maintain widely used robot simulation and development tools. For his work on Player and ROS, Brian was recognized by MIT Technology Review with the TR35 award in 2011.


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Brian Gerkey (Open Source Robotics Foundation)
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DARPA's latest Grand Challenge added a new wrinkle: a simulation stage. The Virtual Robotics Challenge, a key stage in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, took place in July 2013 when 26 teams competed within simulated disaster response scenarios. This session highlights how Gazebo, the open source robotics simulator, was built for the DRC in the short term and longer term for the robotics community. Read more.