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Rodney Brooks

Robotics Entrepreneur; Emeritus Professor of Robotics at MIT; CTO & Co-Founder of Robust AI

Robotics Entrepreneur; Emeritus Professor of Robotics at MIT; CTO & Co-Founder of Robust AI

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Rodney Brooks Biography

Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT. He is a robotics entrepreneur and is currently the CTO and co-founder of Robust AI.

Before that he was Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics. He is also a Founder, former Board Member and former CTO of iRobot Corp (Nasdaq: IRBT). Dr. Brooks is the former Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a 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. He has published many papers in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life.

Dr. Brooks served for many years as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Group (ISAG) of National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA), and on the Global Innovation and Technology Advisory Council of John Deere & Co. He was an Xconomist at Xconomy and a regular contributor to the Edge. From June 2014 until May 2020 he was a member of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, VCAT, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST. Since June 2015 he has been an external member of GE's Robotics Advisory Council. From January 2016 until mid 2019 he was Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of Toyota Research Institute. From February 2019 until January 2021 he was "Luminary" at Bell Labs. He is currently a member of the external advisory group to LG Electronics.

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 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

He won the Computers and Thought Award at the 1991 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence). In 2008 he won the IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production. In 2014 he won the Robotics Industry Association's Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership. He won the 2015 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. In 2021 he won the Group B NEC C& C Foundation Prize. He won the IEEE Founders Medal in 2023. He was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Flinders University in 2016, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2017, and a Doctor of the University degree from the Queensland University of Technology, in December 2017.

He has been the Cray lecturer at the University of Minnesota, the Mellon lecturer at Dartmouth College, and the Forsythe lecturer at Stanford University. He was co-founding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision and is a member of the editorial boards of various journals including Adaptive Behavior, Artificial Life, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Robots and New Generation Computing. He starred as himself in the 1997 Errol Morris movie "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" named for one of his scientific papers, a Sony Classics picture, available on DVD.

Rodney Brooks Speaking Topics

  • Smart, Collaborative Robots (Cobots)

  • Creativity, Innovation and Advanced Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics and the Future – How Will They Change the World?

Rodney Brooks Videos

  • Rodney Brooks on the Future of Robotics
    Rodney Brooks discusses the evolution from automatic guided vehicles to autonomous mobile robots to collaborative mobile robots, and what it means...
  • Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
    Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up...

Rodney Brooks Books

  • Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
    Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

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Rodney Brooks is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Smart, Collaborative Robots (Cobots), Creativity, Innovation and Advanced Technology and Artificial Intelligence & Robotics and the Future – How Will They Change the World?. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rodney Brooks for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Rodney Brooks generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erik Brynjolfsson, Sebastian Thrun, Ray Kurzweil, Dr. Michio Kaku and Andrew McAfee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rodney Brooks for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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