Commercial Interviews by Associate Editor, Joanne Pransky

Industrial Robot

Pransky interviews academics who have become commercially successful – either personally or by virtue of a company or area of technology that they have founded. The aim of this Q&A style interview series is to act as a bridge between the academic and commercial robot communities and to share experiences, technological stories, inspiration and advice from roboticists and inventors who have achieved significant commercial success. Pransky asks the questions that would be asked by both an academic researcher looking to turn entrepreneur, as well as a commercial investor considering robotic technology.

Pransky has interviewed more than 50 international pioneers of the robotic fields of: warehouse and logistics, surgical, human-collaborative, agricultural, space, healthcare, service, socially assistive, humanoid, field, telerobotics, rehabilitation, rescue, consumer, and the green economy.


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"Jack Morrison, CEO and Co-Founder, Scythe Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 49 No. 1



"Dr Homayoon Kazerooni: Professor at UC-Berkeley, Pioneer of Exoskeletons, Founder and CEO U. S. Bionics (DBA suitX), Founder Ekso Bionics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 6

"Brennard Pierce: world class robotics designer and serial entrepreneur", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 5

"Dr Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt University Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Otolaryngology; Thought Leader in Medical Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 4

"Dr Gary Guthart, chief executive officer, Intuitive", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 3

"Geoff Howe, senior vice president, Howe and Howe, Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Systems; co-pioneer of robotic firefighting technologies, including ThermiteTM firefighting robots", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 2

"Charlie Duncheon, robotics serial entrepreneur, CEO and cofounder of Celltrio", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 1



"Dr. Hugh Herr – Professor, MIT Media Lab; Director, Biomechatronics Group and Co-director, MIT Center for Extreme Bionics; Founder, BionX Medical Technologies Inc.", Industrial Robot, Vol. 47 No. 6

"Dr. Tessa Lau, Founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 47 No. 5

"Dr. Matanya Horowitz, Founder and CEO of AMP Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 47 No. 3

"Tony (Harvey) Koselka, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Vision Robotics Corporation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 47 No. 2

"Dr James Kuffner, CEO at Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development, Coinventor of the Rapidly-Exploring Random Tree Algorithm", Industrial Robot, Vol. 47 No. 1



"Brian Carlisle, Pioneer, Robotics Entrepreneur, President and Co-Founder of Precise Automation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 6

"Dr Hod Lipson, Professor at Columbia University; Robotics, AI, Digital Design and Manufacturing Innovator and Entrepreneur", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 5

"Dr Howard Chizeck, Founder, Olis Robotics; Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Washington", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 4

"Dr. Maja Mataric, Professor, University of Southern California; Pioneer, Field of Socially Assistive Robotics; Co-Founder of Embodied", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 3

"Dr Ken Goldberg, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley; Inventor and Artist", Industrial Robot, Vol. 46 No. 2



"Dr Aaron Edsinger, CEO and Cofounder at Hello Robot Inc", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 6

"Professor Robin R Murphy, Co-Founder of the Field of Disaster Robotics, and Founder of Roboticists without Borders", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 5

"Daniel Theobald, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vecna Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 4

"Martin Haegele, Head of Department Robotics and Assistive Systems, Fraunhofer IPA", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 3

"Dr. Amit Goffer, co-founder at UPnRIDE, serial inventor and entrepreneur", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 2

"Mel Torrie, Founder, CEO and President of Autonomous Solutions, Inc.", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 1



"Dr Jun Ho Oh, Professor and Director of Humanoid Robot Research Center, KAIST; Cofounder, Rainbow Robotics Co.", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 6

"Dr Howie Choset, CTO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute; Professor, Carnegie Mellon; snake robotics inventor and entrepreneur", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 5

"Professor Gurvinder S. Virk, Technical Director, Innovative Technology & Science Limited", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 4

"Dr Cory Kidd, Founder and CEO at Catalia Health", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 3

"Mitchell Weiss, CTO, Seegrid Corporation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 2

"Gianmarco Veruggio, Director of Research, CNR-IEIIT, Genoa Branch; Robotics Pioneer and Inventor", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 1



"Dr Rob Buckingham, Director at UK Atomic Energy Authority and Robotics Pioneer", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 6

"Professor Jacob Rosen, co-founder of Applied Dexterity and ExoSense", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 5

"Dr William ‘Red' Whittaker, robotics pioneer, professor, entrepreneur", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 4

"Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 3

"Aldo Zini, President & CEO of Aethon, Inc.", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 2

"Dr Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke, Entrepreneur and Innovator", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 1



"Dr Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering and renowned expert in advanced robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 6

"Dr Yulun Wang, founder and CEO of InTouch Health", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 5

"Dr Robert Ambrose, chief, software, robotics and simulation division at NASA", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 4

"Helen Greiner, Serial Robotics Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of CyPhy Works, CoFounder iRobot Corporation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 3

"Dr Esben Ostergaard, Inventor, Co-Founder and CTO of Universal Robots", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 2

"Dr Rodney Brooks, Robotics Entrepreneur, Founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics", Industrial Robot, Vol. 42 No. 1



"Dr Yoky Matsuoka, Vice President Technology, Nest Labs", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 6

"Professor Moshe Shoham, Founder of Mazor Robotics and Microbot Medical", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 5

Russ Angold, Co-Founder and President of Ekso™ Labs”, Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 4

"Rich Walker, Managing Director at Shadow Robot Company", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 3

"Dr. Mark Tilden, Robotics Physicist", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 2

"Dr. Paolo Pirjanian, CTO of iRobot Corporation", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 1


Before 2014

"Dr William Townsend: MIT entrepreneur develops whole-arm manipulation for robot/human interaction", Industrial Robot, Vol. 40 No. 6

"An intelligent operating room of the future – an interview with the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center", Industrial Robot, Vol. 28 No. 5