Rodney Brooks

World-renowned Roboticist & Entrepreneur

Rodney Brooks, the former director of MIT's Computer Science and AI LAB, came to fame when he successfully founded iRobot. He has now cofounded Robust.AI, a robotics start-up which aims to build the world's first industrial-grade cognitive platform for robots.

"One of the leading pioneers in robotics technology"

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  • Robots in the Workplace
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics and the Future – How Will They Change the World?
  • Creativity, Innovation and Advanced Technology
  • Smart, Collaborative Robots (Cobots)


He presents in English.

How he presents

Rodney Brook knows exactly how to captivate his audiences with his down-to-earth style and plenty of humour in his highly impactful presentations.

Books & Media

  • Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
  • Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI
  • Smart, Collaborative Robots (Cobots)


 Rodney Brooks  - Microsite

In Detail

Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. He joined MIT as a Professor of Robotics and co-founded iRobot in 1990. At iRobot, he held various roles, including CTO, Chairman and board member. He also served as the founding Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 2008, Rodney left MIT to found Rethink Robotics and as their Chairman and CTO, he focused on advanced robotic intelligence in manufacturing for the next 10 years. Since 2019 he is the co-founder and CTO of Robust.AI. Rodney has received multiple awards for his contributions to robotics and AI, including the IEEE Robotics and Automation Award, the IEEE Founders Medal and the Computer History Museum Fellow Award.


Rodney's keynotes reflect extensive knowledge in automation. He shares his valuable insights on the most innovative robotics projects as well as how artificial intelligence is likely to change the world. Rodney's compelling facts and data are essential for businesses trying to succeed in this extraordinary tech world of today.



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