Stanford Personal Robotics Program begins building the PR1
Willow Garage hires its first employees
The first PR1 prototype is announced
Willow Garage begins its personal robotics project and formalizes ROS
ROS.org is created
ROS 1.0 is released
Willow Garage gifts PR2 robots to 11 research institutions
TurtleBot is created
ROS reaches 100 repositories
Responsibility for maintaining ROS moves to Open Robotics
Willow Garage offically shuts down
ROS 2.0 is released
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Software Engineering Supervisor at Open Robotics
Louise works on ROS and Gazebo, and helps lead interactions with the larger open source community.