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Jorgen Pedersen, President and CEO, RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of intelligent mobile manipulation systems. The company is committed to creating manipulator arms with human-like performance, intuitive robot interfaces and advanced autonomy capabilities for use in any environment.Utilizing artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning, the innovative robotic systems can operate with humans in the loop or autonomously depending upon the application.
What initially attracted you to robotics?
When I was in high-school, I thought my path in life was going to be art. Then along came movies like “Top Gun” and “The Right Stuff,” which motivated me to want to first become a pilot, followed by an astronaut. With my sights set, I focused more on math and science and applied to the Air Force Academy. I didn’t get in. It was a blow, but being driven by “cool factor” at age 18, I soon came up with the idea that making a humanoid robot go to space was the next best thing. So I applied to engineering schools and was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University. Once there, I soon found the Robotics Institute. Within their walls, I saw some amazing robots at the time including “Ambler,” a …
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