Robotics • Autonomous Vehicles
Ryan is the CTO of Clearpath. He drives research and development of the OTTO industrial self driving vehicle software and guides the continued expansion of Clearpath’s world-leading efforts in supporting robotics researchers. He is also a co-founder of the Robot Operating System developers’ conference and is a member of a variety of industrial and academic steering committees. He is on the Board of Directors for the Open Source Robotics Foundation and Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.
He has completed a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo, and has over two dozen pending patents in the field of intelligent systems. His previous work experience included UAV user experience and control systems design at Aeryon Labs followed by deployment and systems analysis on fleets of robots at Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics).
The public perception of robots is focused on the best drones to buy for the holidays, the latest research videos of robots doing parkour, and the question of when it will be possible to sleep in on the way to work. Developing world-changing technologies in this way requires hundred of millions if not billions of dollars. Fortunately, there is so much more that autonomous systems are capable of, and not everything needs a massive budget to make a global impact.
In this talk, you will learn about the common challenges inherent in all robotics development programs, and discover how to take advantage of global trends to drive exponential change without exponential increases in time, money, and risk.