Episode 3 : Tully Foote

Tully Foote from the Open Source Robotics Foundation explains the benefits of open source in robotics and how ROS came to be an open standard.

In episode 3 of Robots in Depth Per Sjöborg interviews Tully Foote from the Open Source Robotics Foundation.

Tully explains the benefits of open source and how it helps make research and development more efficient. Both researchers and start-ups can focus on their added part, rather than starting from scratch. This is an advantage for the whole robotics community, enabling it to move forward much faster.

Tully also describes how developers can contribute directly to further developing the ROS standard, for the benefit of the robotics community.

Tully Foote is ROS Platform Manager at the Open Source Robotics Foundation.

Episode 2 : Melonee Wise

In this second interview of the Robots in Depth series our host Per Sjöborg talks to Melonee Wise, lifelong robot builder and developer.

Melonee shares how she first got into building things at a young age and how that led to studying mechanical engineering and leaving her PhD project behind to become the second employee of Willow Garage. She shares some personal anecdotes from the first few years at Willow Garage, including both successes like the PR2 and some less successful moments.

Melonee also gives her perspective on the development phase robotics is in now and what the remaining challenges are. Related to that, she discusses what is feasible to deliver in the next five years vs. what her dream robot would be.

Melonee Wise is currently CEO of Fetch Robotics.

Our First Video is Released

In this first interview in the Robots in Depth series, the host Per Sjöborg speaks to Professor Gregory Dudek about field robotics. They discuss air, surface and underwater vehicles, reviewing challenges as well as how to best use these vehicles, both individually and as a collaborative team of robots.

Professor Dudek is Research Director of the McGill Mobile Robotics Lab.


Robots in Depth Launches

The interview series Robots in Depth has now been launched! Robots in Depth is an interview show where the host Per Sjöborg talks to everyone in robotics. The interviews are one on one with leading researches, entrepreneurs, investors, users or policy makers within robotics.

The show is recorded at different events around the world using a portable TV studio that has been specifically designed to produce a high quality output, yet be relatively light weight and portable.

If you like the show, you can support us on Patreon. With more support more interviews from new locations can be made.