EVP Chief Scientific Officer, SoftBank Robotics
“As a roboticist, it is difficult to imagine anything sexier than developing, from scratch with a small team, a tall humanoid robot.”
Rodolphe Gelin was born in 1965. He graduated from the School of Civil Engineering in 1988 and holds a DEA (Research Master’s Degree) in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Paris VI.
He joined the French Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique: CEA) after completing his studies. He worked for 10 years on the control of mobile robots for service applications, cleaning and helping the disabled. In 1998, he became the leader of the laboratory service robotics and in 2001 he was appointed head of cognitive service robotics and interaction at CEA LIST (technological research division) in Saclay. Between 2006 and December 2008, he was responsible for the Interactive System program where he developed important partnerships within the industry. As part of the European CARE project he handled the European professional service robotics roadmap. On behalf of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), he led the working group on the definition of the robotic vocabulary.
Rodolphe Gelin is the author of the books “Robot, friend or foe?”, “How can reality be virtual?” and “The robot, man’s best friend?”
Since December 2008, Rodolphe has been responsible for the collaborative projects at Aldebaran Robotics. He has led various teams at Aldebaran in several national and European collaborative projects. He is most notably the head of Romeo2 project involving 18 French partners, industrial and academics, in the implementation of a large robot for assistance to the elderly.