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Photo of Helen Greiner Helen Greiner

Helen Greiner is the President of IS Robotics, which she co-founded with Colin Angle (CEO) and Dr. Rodney Brooks. Under her leadership, IS Robotics employs a team of scientists and engineers that research a variety of aspects of biological inspired designs such as behavioral control systems, vertical climbing, flapping foil locomotion, emotive computers, and gait control. ISR frequently works with biologists, such as Dr. Robert Fullís group at UC Berkeley ( and Dr. Kellar Autumn at Lewis and Clark University ( This interaction leads to a better understanding of the biomechanics of animals and the opportunity to extract principals that help us design more capable robots. Helen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from MIT. Her 10 years of experience in robotic technology includes work at NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory and MITís Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. For more information on the ongoing work at IS Robotics, visit the Companyís homepage,

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Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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