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Rodolphe Gelin
EVP and Chief Scientific Officer, Aldebaran

The French Tech at CES has been amazing who would have thought that we would have seen this type of advanced tech coming from there.

Craig had the opportunity to speak with Rodolphe Gelin the EVP and Chief Scientific Officer at Aldebaran a French Roboitcs company. They develop small humanoid robots – NAO and Pepper they even show emotions.

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Rodolphe Gelin (1965) is engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1988) and Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Paris VI (1988). He started his career at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), he has been working there for 10 years on mobile robots control for industrial applications and on rehabilitation robotics.

Then he had been in charge of different teams working on robotics, virtual reality and cognitics. From 2006 to 2008, he was in charge of business development for Interactive System Program. He has participated to the European Coordinated Action CARE that supports the ETP EUROP on robotics in charge of the robotic roadmap for the European Community. In 2009, he joined Aldebaran Robotics as head of collaborative projects. He is the leader of the French project ROMEO that aims to develop a human size humanoid robot.

Since 2012, he is Research Director at Aldebaran Robotics. He is member of the board of the directors of the euRobotics association.

He is the author of two books “Robot, ami ou ennemi?”, “Comment la réalité peut-elle être virtuelle ?”.

In 2005, Bruno Maisonnier founded Aldebaran. Five other enthusiasts quickly joined the adventure to create the “Aldebaran garage.” Aldebaran is the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, with a diameter 44 times greater than that of the sun. With Antares, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, it was one of the four royal stars of the Persian Empire (300 b.c.) and used for navigating at sea and in caravans.

A year later, the small team of twelve pioneers created the first NAO prototype. The objective was to sell it to the general public, but it was not quite ready. Nonetheless, customers were already interested in the small humanoid: researchers.

In 2008, NAO was selected as the successor to Sony AIBO in the standard RoboCup Soccer League. This university competition organizes robot soccer/football matches and has a challenge: have the winning human World Cup team play against humanoids in 2050!

Little by little, NAO is becoming a standard in the academic world for research and education.

In 2010, it had its first major success: twenty NAOs danced on the Pavillon de la France and Ile-de-France at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. NAO became the main attraction at pavilions visited by 10 million people.

Our robots continued to improve. December 2011 saw the arrival of NAO Next Gen, the latest version of NAO benefiting from major technological advances in interaction. The education market expanded to secondary school, and Aldebaran created the Developer Program whose objective is to encourage programmers to use the robot to create applications for the general public.

In 2013, Aldebaran launched the Autism Solution for Kids (ASK NAO) initiative, which offers a new teaching approach to teachers and children with autism thanks to robotics.

In June 2014, SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran unveiled “Pepper” – the world’s first personal robot that reads emotions. Available in shops in Japan, Pepper welcomes, informs and entertains custumors.

At the same time, Aldebaran lauched the lastest version of NAO, NAO Evolution (lien), a stronger robot and a more comprehensive operating system.

More than ever, all Aldebaran teams are passionately working to offer interactive humanoid robots that are scalable and affordable to help humans.

To date, nearly 400 Aldebaranians have contributed to the construction of our vision of the future with robots. More than 7,000 NAOs have already been sold around the world and Pepper is available in Japan.

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