Willow Garage Leadership Team
SCOTT HASSAN: Founder
Scott Hassan is best known as the founder of eGroups (a group email messaging company now known as Yahoo Groups), and was the key software architect/developer of Google, Alexa Internet and the Stanford Digital Library. Throughout his life, Scott has had a deep interest in Open Source software, computers and autonomy. These interests led him to start Willow Garage, a privately-funded research company aiming to advance the state of robotic technology in autonomous devices. Scott brings to his role at Willow Garage a combination of startup experience and expertise building large software systems using Open Source tools.
STEVE COUSINS: former President and CEO
Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and realizing a significant return on investment. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top human-computer interaction research groups in the world. Earlier, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
BOB BAUER: Executive Director, Commercialization
Dr. Robert S. Bauer (Bob) is responsible for all commercialization efforts including strategic relationships, incubating and spinning off companies from Willow Garage (8 to date, 2 of which were purchased by Google), and sales of PR2 mobile manipulation platforms which now number 45 in use in 33 institutions in 13 countries. He joined Xerox's famed Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) in its inaugural year. Bob led the System Sciences Laboratory and created PARC's Advanced Systems Development lab, as well as managing Xerox Corporate R&T investment and IP in software and systems. Bob is the former VP and founding CTO of Xerox Global Services from 2002-06. In 2006 Bob became CTO of H5, a San Francisco start-up that he guided to become the NIST-certified leader in High Recall search. Dr. Bauer earned MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has been an adviser to the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, UNESCO and Departments of Commerce, Defense and Homeland Security.