Helen Greiner

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Helen Greiner (born December 6, 1967) is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. She is a Trustee of the Museum of Science (Boston); on the Computer Science Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and a Director of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Education and career[edit]

Greiner holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in computer science, both from MIT. She also holds an honorary doctor of engineering degree from WPI.

She has said she was inspired to work with robots by R2D2 in the original Star Wars.[1] She has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She co-designed the first version of the iRobot Roomba.[1]

On October 22, 2008, Greiner announced her resignation as Chairman of the Board of iRobot. She was replaced by CEO Colin Angle, who stated: “Helen will continue to serve on iRobot’s board of directors as a non-employee director while pursuing other interests and opportunities within the robot industry.” She is currently CEO of CyPhyWorks.[2] She also serves on Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).[3]

In 2011, she was listed #7 on the MIT150 list of the top 150 innovators and ideas from MIT.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2003, Greiner and iRobot co-founder Colin Angle were named Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year. In 2005, she was named "Entrepreneur of the year" by Good Housekeeping.[4]

In 2006, she received the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International(AUVSI).[5]

She received the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Innovation for her work at iRobot.[6] She has also been honored as one of Technology Review Magazine's TR100 "Innovators for the Next Century."

She has received the DEMO God Award at the DEMO Conference.

She was named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Leaders."


  1. ^ a b Mayerowitz, Scott (January 11, 2015). "Market resembles valley's early days". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. 
  2. ^ "General Catalyst Partners page on Helen Greiner". Nov 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Board of Directors, OSRF". Jan 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Good Housekeeping Announces the Winner of 11th Annual Good Buy Awards". Dec 1, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Unmanned Systems Industry Members Receive Prestigious Awards". Hydro International. 13 September 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Women of Vision awards presented at Anita Borg Institute banquet". Diversity/Careers. Diversity/Careers. August–September 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2011.