Part 1 of our 5-part documentary about ROS (Robot Operating System) and the people that turned this open source software into a global phenomenon.

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Brian Gerkey

Brian Gerkey

CEO of Open Robotics

Brian was director of open source development at Willow Garage where he helped lead the development of the Robot Operating System (ROS). He is currently CEO of Open Robotics.

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Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise

CEO of Fetch Robotics

Melonee was Willow Garage’s second employee. She worked on the team that developed ROS and also spearheaded Willow’s intern program. She is now the CEO of Fetch Robotics.

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Keenan Wyrobek

Keenan Wyrobek

CTO and Co-founder of Zipline

Keenan co-created ROS while a graduate student at Stanford. He went on to be a leader at Willow Garage. He is now the CTO and co-founder of Zipline.

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Leila Takayama

Leila Takayama

Human-Robot Interaction Researcher at University of California, Santa Cruz

Leila researched human-robot interaction at Willow Garage. She is now an associate professor of computational media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Evan Ackerman

Evan Ackerman

Editor at IEEE Spectrum

Evan is a contributing editor at IEEE Spectrum. Since 2007, he has written over 6,000 articles on robotics, science, and technology.

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Nate Koenig

Nate Koenig

CTO of Open Robotics

Nate got his start as an intern at Willow Garage. He is now the CTO of Open Robotics where he helps lead development of the open source robotics simulator he developed—Gazebo.

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Steve Cousins

Steve Cousins

CEO of Savioke

Steve is the former president and CEO of Willow Garage. He now serves as the CEO of Savioke, a service robotics company.

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This film and the Open Source Stories series are about the importance of open source and intended to celebrate community-based innovation. They are not reflective of Red Hat's product strategy.

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