March 24, 2010 AT 4:00 am

Helen Greiner, robotics – 24 hours of Lady Ada Lovelace day #ald10

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Each hour we are featuring a woman we admire who is currently doing amazing work right in the tech/maker/art/science space. Woman of the hour, Helen Greiner.

Helen Greiner’s forward-looking instincts have helped transform iRobot from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into a global leader of practical robots. A robot industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience, Greiner has helped to enhance public acceptance of robots as one of today’s most important emerging technologies. Greiner’s visionary contributions in technology innovation and business leadership have been recognized with numerous professional awards. She has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by the Kennedy School at Harvard University in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report and has been honored with the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Greiner has also been named New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young with iRobot co-founder Colin Angle. She is chair of the national Robotic Technology Consortium and sits on the board of trustees at MIT, the robotics advisory board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the board of trustees of the Boston Museum of Science and the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)…

Article from Reader’s Digest here


About today:

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever they do. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited.

Who was Ada? Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.


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1 Comment

  1. In robotics, I’m also a fan of Robin Murphy:

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-07/st_alphageek

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