Helen Greiner (born December 6, 1967) is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks, a start-up company specializing in small multi-rotor drones for the consumer, commercial and military markets.
In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, which delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She co-designed the first version of the iRobot Roomba.
Ms. Greiner served as President of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) until 2004 and Chairman until 2008. During her tenure, iRobot released the Roomba, the PackBot and SUGV military robots. She built a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the deployment of 6,000 PackBots with the United States armed forces. In addition, Ms. Greiner headed up iRobot’s financing projects, raising $35M in venture capital for a $75M initial public offering.
She has said she was inspired to work with robots by R2D2 in the original Star Wars. She has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Ms. Greiner is currently CEO of CyPhy Works, home to the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) and Pocket Flyer multi-rotor drones. She also serves on Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).
Awards and recognition
She received the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Innovation for her work at iRobot. She has also been honored as one of Technology Review Magazine's TR100 "Innovators for the Next Century."
In 2006, she received the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International(AUVSI).
She received the DEMO God Award at the DEMO Conference.
In 2005, she was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Good Housekeeping and 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."
In 2003, Greiner was named one of the “Top Ten Innovators” by Fortune Magazine.
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