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Cynthia Breazeal

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She is a pioneer of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She authored the book Designing Sociable Robots, and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of Autonomous Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Robot Interaction, and Robot Learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.

WHAT SHE DEVELOPED

Jibo

Jibo is a humanized, highly interactive robot that will have a range of capabilities making it the perfect helper companion around the house. It is known as a major pioneer in the field of social robotics.

Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering advanced robots for the logistics industry. The company introduced their robot system in May of 2015. Prior to joining Fetch, Melonee was CEO and co-founder of Unbounded Robotics. Before then, Melonee was Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage, where she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware, including the PR2 and TurtleBot from Willow Garage. Melonee also has extensive experience in the growth of ROS, the open source Robot Operating System, as a research and commercial platform. Melonee was a 2015 recipient of Technology Review’s TR 35 — an award for leading technology innovators under the age of 35. Also, she was previously a mentor in the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program.

WHAT SHE DEVELOPED

Fetch and Freight

Fetch is an advanced mobile manipulator and Freight is a mobile base designed to address the logistics industry. Their innovation allows for a much safer method for managing warehouse inventory.

Samantha Payne

Samantha co-founded Open Bionics with Joel in 2014 when she learnt about the work that he was doing on open source robotic hands. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognized brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.

WHAT SHE DEVELOPED

Open Bionics

Open Bionics is a company that has developed a cost efficient method to producing prosthetic limbs with unique designs that make the limbs not just medical devices, but also a visually pleasing accessory

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