Brian Gerkey is co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics, an organization which drives the development and adoption of open software and hardware for robotics. Prior to Open Robotics, Brian was the Director of Open-Source Development at Willow Garage; Computer Scientist at SRI Artificial Intelligence Center; Post- Doctoral Scholar at Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; and Post- Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Southern California Robotics Research Laboratory. Brian is a strong believer in, frequent contributor to, and constant beneficiary of open-source technology.
Brian received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. Brian is a co-author of the book “Programming Robots with ROS” and the author/co-author of over 20 journal articles and invited and conference papers.