EVP Chief Scientific Officer at Aldebaran Robotics, Softbank Group
Mr. Rodolphe Gelin is the Chief Scientific Officer and the director of research at SoftBank Robotics that he joined in 2008. Earlier he worked for 20 years at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) as the head of robotics, virtual reality and cognitics program. He has extensive experience of coordinating EU-funded and other collaborative R&D projects on a day-to-day basis. He has led several projects at SoftBank Robotics, he was notably in charge of the National Romeo collaborative project (2009-2012) aiming at developing a tall humanoid robot to assist elderly people. Romeo gathered 12 academic and industrial partners with a budget of 10M€. He then obtained the funding of a 4-year Romeo 2 follow-up project with 14 academic and industrial partners and a budget of 20M€, started in 2013. Rodolphe Gelin has been leader and principal investigator of many other national projects (GVLEX, YOJI) and European projects such as the FEDER project Juliette and two ECHORD Experiments (GRASPY and BABIR). He has been invited for talks and presentations at numerous scientific and industrial events. He has been in the juries of various PhD thesis defenses’ and also supervised and managed, from industrial side, hosting of various PhDs. At the end of 2015, he joined the board of SoftBank Robotics as Chief Scientist Officer in charge of Innovation.
SoftBank Robotics is the world leader in humanoid robotics. With headquarters situated in Paris, SoftBank Robotics has offices in the US, China and Japan. The company counts over 500 employees.
Humanoid robots developed by SoftBank Robotics, Pepper, NAO and Romeo, are used in more than 70 countries worldwide. They offer innovative applications for the fields of research, education, retail, healthcare, tourism, hospitality and entertainment.
Pepper is the first humanoid robot capable of recognizing the principal human emotions and adapting his behavior to the mood of his interlocutor. Since 2014, already more than 10,000 Pepper robots have been sold. Available to everyone in Japan, helping to welcome customers, to drive traffic, to give information about products and services or even to collect data, Pepper permits to redefine customer experience. Pepper also became the first humanoid robot to be adopted in Japanese homes.
NAO, the first humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics, is an endearing, interactive and personalizable robot companion. More than 10,000 NAOs have already been sold throughout the world. NAO serves as platform for research, development and innovation and is widely used in education.
Romeo is a technological platform for personal assistance research. Romeo is a 140 cm tall humanoid robot, designed to explore and further research into assisting elderly and people losing their autonomy.