TEDxBoston 2013

Dr. Helen Greiner

Re-Imaginer of Robots

How can robots help save lives?

Flying robots can conjure up fears of a dystopian society but to this roboticist, they pack enormous potential to do the work that’s either too dangerous, or too boring, for humans.



Helen Greiner is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. She is a Trustee of the Museum of Science Boston; on the Computer Science Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and a Director of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. She also holds an honorary doctor of engineering degree from WPI. She has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She was one of three people to design the first version of the iRobot Roomba.


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