LCSR Seminar: Kel Guerin “Building an End-User Focused Operating System for Robotics”
There are more than 2 million industrial robots used worldwide every day, and yet these devices represent one of the most fragmented technologies in the world. With more than 100 brands of industrial robots, each with their own proprietary, difficult to learn software and programming languages, we are not seeing the exponential growth we expected out of robots. The computer industry faced a similar challenge in the early 1980s with the advent of the PC, and computers did not see explosive growth until a few key platforms emerged that focused on making computers accessible to end users, and run on a common software platform. At READY robotics, we believe the same is true for robots, and that is why we are building Forge/OS, our “Windows” for the robotics space that lets every robot speak the same language and provide the same award winning user experience to end-users. We will talk about how this technology came about, how we think it can change the future, and discuss the journey from the initial research performed at Johns Hopkins University up to today.
Kel Guerin has been working in the robotics space for more than 10 years, focusing on the design and usability of a wide variety of robots, including systems for space exploration, deep mining, surgery, and industrial manufacturing. While obtaining his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (Defended 2016), Kel worked specifically on the challenge of making industrial robots more flexible and easy to use. The result was his award-winning Forge Operating System and easy-to-use programming interface for industrial robots. Kel spun out his technology into READY Robotics, an industrial robotics start-up he co-founded in 2016. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and READY’s products have been called “the Swiss Army knife of robots” by Inc. magazine.