Steve Cousins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Willow Garage
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Steve Cousins is a seasoned executive, entrepreneur and innovator with a strong track record for managing research and development organizations and realizing a significant return on investment.
Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top human-computer interaction research groups in the world. Earlier, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Steve Cousins, president and CEO of Willow Garage, expands on how robotics can benefit the disabled. Cousins explains how robots can assist with everyday tasks such as shaving and itching, as well as autonomous tasks. "This sets a course for the direction of robotics," he says.