Willow Garage, a robotics research lab and technology incubator, announced the formation of The Open Source Robotics Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization. Founded by members of the global robotics community, its mission is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for use in robotics research, education, and product development. The first initiative of the OSRF will be participation in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The DARPA Robotics Challenge will launch in October 2012 and offers a $2 million prize.
The organization’s Board of Directors includes:
Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg. His major research interests lie in mobile robotics, state estimation and control, as well as artificial intelligence.
Ryan Gariepy, the co-founder and CTO of Clearpath Robotics that specializes in the design and manufacture of robust and reliable unmanned vehicle solutions for industrial R&D.
Brian Gerkey, Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage. He’s worked on ROS since 2008, which develops and releases one of the most widely-used robot software platforms.
Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks.
Sam Park, executive vice president of Yujin Robot where he has directed the commercialization of educational and entertainment robots, elderly service robots and home cleaning robots.
More information is available at OSRF.