Sachin Chitta, Ph.D., was Managing Director at Boston Dynamics. Prior to that, he was the Founder & CEO of Kinema Systems, a venture-backed startup in the Bay Area developing robotic solutions for logistics which he sold to Boston Dynamics in 2019. At Kinema Systems, he created Kinema Pick, the world's first deep-learning based solution for picking boxes off mixed pallets. Kinema Systems won the Nvidia Inception AI Startup competition in 2018 in the Autonomous Systems category.
He was previously Associate Director of Robotics Systems and Software in the Robotics Program at SRI International. At SRI, he led the development of software for a new robotic surgical platform. This technology was licensed to Verb Surgical, a joint venture between Ethicon, J&J and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) (read more).
At Willow Garage, Sachin created MoveIt! - the premier open-source platform for manipulation and mobile manipulation in Robotics.
Sachin Chitta was a manager and research scientist at Willow Garage from 2007-2013 and was a core member of the team that developed the PR2 robot and the Robot Operating System (ROS). He created MoveIt!, Arm Navigation and ROS Control software platforms to enable advanced manipulation capabilities for any robot. This software is now used by hundreds of developers, researchers and companies around the world. Sachin co-founded Redwood Robotics, a joint venture between Willow Garage, MEKA and SRI.
Sachin was a finalist for the 2013 World Technology Award in the IT Software (Individual) category. Sachin was the keynote speaker at ROSCON 2013. His work has won best paper awards at ICAR (2009), ASME IDETC (2008) and been nominated for a best paper award at ICRA 2011. His work on the Open Motion Planning Library (in collaboration with Lydia Kavraki's group at Rice University) won the OSS World Challenge Grand Prize in 2012.
Sachin received his Ph.D. from the Grasp Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. His research interests include mobile manipulation, motion planning and learning for manipulation.