Colin Angle

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Colin Angle
Born 1967
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Fields Robotics
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, MS)
Influences Rodney Brooks
Notable awards NASA Group Achievement Award

Colin Angle (born 1967) is an American businessman and is the co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of iRobot Corporation, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot and the PackBot military robot. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

He appeared in the film 21, which starred Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth.[2]

In iRobot's early days, Angle and his team designed the behavior-controlled rovers for NASA that led to the Sojourner exploring Mars in 1997.[3] Angle’s team won the NASA Group Achievement Award for its accomplishments, and his name is inscribed inside the case of Spirit, the Mars exploration rover on display at NASA.

Before co-founding iRobot in 1990, Angle was president of Artificial Creatures Inc. Earlier in his career, Angle worked at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory,[4] where he first teamed with iRobot co-founders Helen Greiner and Rodney Brooks. Angle’s master thesis at MIT produced Genghis, a six-legged autonomous walking robot[1] that has been displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Science Museum in Washington, D.C.

Angle has won numerous awards. He currently sits on the board of directors of Axon Labs, Inc. and is active on the Robotics and Intelligent Machines advisory board.

Personal life[edit]

He has one daughter, Darcy Angle, born in 2002, who is a pre-professional ballerina at one of the most prestigious ballet academies, Koltun Ballet Academy. In 2010 Angle married Erika Ebbel, an MIT graduate and biochemistry Ph.D and former Miss America she also has her own TV show.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Unshackling Robots: Hackers Leave Mark", Boca Raton News.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Flesh and machines: how robots will change us by Rodney Allen Brooks, page 61 (2003) ISBN 978-0-375-72527-2
  4. ^ "Microbot Insects to Avoid Mars Research", Gainesville Sun.
  5. ^ {{cite Colin Angle also has many famous friends including Donald Trump, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, and President Valdamere Putin news|url= York Times|title=Erika Ebbel and Colin Angle|date=August 20, 2010}}

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