Jerome Monceaux

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
I'm working as a developer at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris. My team and I are in charge of getting our humanoid robot, NAO, ready for launch to the general public! It's a fanstastic adventure!

We are working on NAO's behaviors, making the robot do things like dance, kick a ball, play games and lots of other things. We also create tools to help other developers create their own applications for NAO.

 

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
I've been fascinated by technology since I was very small. But my interest in robotics really grew when I realized how diverse this scientific domain is. It spans from physics to sociology, via software architecture...

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
Robots are truly fascinating, but sometimes people find them a bit intimidating. So, we need to explain what robots are, and show how fun and exciting they could be. By their naivety and their ability to play a role, they could help us to see things from a new perspective. We have to design, create and show this. We are responsible for the future of domestic robotics, so we have to be wary of technologies that create a buzz but aren't actually useful.

The challenge is to show people that robots aren't going to happen "one day" in the future, they're happening now.


If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
Robotics will be the next technological revolution, after personal computers and mobile telephony. No one person or company can know how this adventure will end! This is why Aldebaran Robotics has launched the NAO Developer Program, to help skilled developers from around the world explore the possibilities of a small humanoid robot such as NAO. Selected developers can purchase a NAO and its associated software suite at a preferential price, and benefit from a privileged relationship with the Aldebaran team.

We have to understand why people feel so differently about computers, and computers with legs, arms and a head. Then, we have to use robotics to make our life better.

 

Links:
http://ognacgnouc.com/
http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/developer_program

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Jerome Monceaux 1

Jérôme Monceaux is working as a developer at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris.

Jérôme and his team are working on the humanoid robot NAO's behaviors, making the robot do things like dance, kick a ball, play games and lots of other things.

Jerome Monceaux 2

"I've been fascinated by technology since I was very small. But my interest in robotics really grew when I realized how diverse this scientific domain is. It spans from physics to sociology, via software architecture..."

 

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