Brian Gerkey Named to Technology Review TR35 Top Young Innovator List

PhotoIt is with great pride that we inform you that Willow Garage's Brian Gerkey has been named to MIT Technology Review's TR35 Listing of the World's Top Young Innovators for 2011. The TR35 recognizes the world's top innovators under the age of 35, spanning energy, medicine, computing, communications, nanotechnology, and other emerging fields. Brian has been honored for his track record of building open source communities around robotics software and was selected as a member of the TR35 class of 2011 by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, who evaluated more than 300 nominations.

Brian will join other TR35 honorees in discussing their achievements at the emtech MIT 2011 conference, taking place at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge October 18-19, 2011. All of the 2011 TR35 winners will be featured the September/October issue of Technology Review and (online here)[www.technologyreview.com/tr35/]

Brian is the Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage and oversees development of popular open source projects like OpenCV, ROS, PCL and Gazebo, as well as software for the PR2 and TurtleBot platforms. Brian is founding and co-lead developer on the open source Player Project, which produces one of the most widely-used software platforms for robotics research and education. He is a strong believer in, frequent contributor to, and constant beneficiary of open source software. In particular, Brian has played a pivotal role in the design of ROS, which was a community project initiated by Willow Garage and Stanford University. Before joining Willow Garage, Brian was a Computer Scientist in the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, and a postdoctoral scholar in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. Brian’s research has covered a variety of areas, including mobile manipulation, multi-robot coordination, outdoor robot navigation, and computational geometry.

In the words of Technology Review's editor-in-chief Jason Pontin: "Technology innovation is key to driving growth and progress in the areas of research, medicine, business and economics. This year's group of TR35 recipients is driving the next wave of transformative technology and making an impact on the way we live, work and interact."

In our own words, we couldn't be more proud of Brian's achievement. His hard work, dedication, insight and enthusiasm are an inspiration to all of us at Willow Garage and are helping to bring Willow Garage's vision of personal robotics closer to fruition. Take a bow, Brian…