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Rodney Brooks


Rodney Brooks builds robots based on biological principles of movement and reasoning. The goal: a robot who can figure things out. He is the Founder and former CTO of Rethink Robotics, whose mission is to apply advanced robotic intelligence to manufacturing and physical labour.

"One of the leading pioneers in robotics technology"

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In detail

Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honoured by election to the National Academy of Engineering and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

What he offers you

Dr. Rodney Brooks' keynotes reflect the former Professor's extensive knowledge in automatons. He shares his insights on the world's most innovative and promising robotics projects. He is an accomplished speaker who speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence in venues throughout the world.

How he presents

A distinguished expert, Dr. Rodney Brooks provides excellent and useful inside knowledge on the topics of Adaptive Behaviour, Applied Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Robots.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the Future - How Will They Change the World?
  • Creativity, Innovation and Advanced Technology
  • Smart, Collaborative Robots (Cobots)

Books and publications

  • 2003
    Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
  • 1999
    Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI

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