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Got Robots?


The iRobot Roomba Robotic Floorvac has rapidly become the world’s most successful consumer robot. Since its launch in 2002, over one million Roombas have entered service in homes all over the world. Roomba accomplished this singular feat largely by exploiting a simple idea: A robot’s cost must be commensurate with its utility to the customer. No breakthrough technologies were required, just familiar components used in new ways. The presentation will explore the history, technology, and the principles behind the design of this robot.

The meeting will be held at Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA, on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Presentation 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Followed by a no-host dinner at Bertucci’s.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Central New England Chapter
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Informal Discussion: 6:00 PM
Program: 6:30 PM

Presented by

Joseph L. Jones

iRobot Corporation
63 South Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803


Joseph L. Jones is a senior roboticist at iRobot Corporation in Burlington, Massachusetts, and has been with the company for 13 years. His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems. Prior to joining iRobot, Mr. Jones served on the research staff of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for nine years. Earlier he studied physics at MIT earning a BS in 1975 and a MS in 1978. Mr. Jones is an author of three books on robotics and is the designer of a popular robot kit. He grew up in a small rural community in the Missouri Ozarks.


The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society will meet at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, Wellesley, MA 02481, on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at 6:00 PM for informal discussions and for the formal presentation between 6:30 and 7:30 PM. The group will have a no-host dinner afterwards at Bertucci's, 380 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481, where more conversations can take place with the guest speaker. The meetings are open to the general public, and all are welcome at the dinner afterwards.

For more information, contact the chapter chair, Peter Meyer, at


From Route 128, take either Route 9 or Route 16 west. From the junction of Routes 9 and 16, follow Route 16 (Washington Street) west past the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station (within walking distance of the school, then turn left onto Rice Street. Wellesley High School is on the left. Parking is available in a lot just beyond the school.

Yahoo map.

Google map.

The GPS coordinates for Rice St. in front of the entrance to the high school building are approximately as follows:

N 42° 18.137' W 71° 16.811'

The GPS coordinates for the parking lot in front of the entrance to Bertucci's are approximately as follows:

N 42° 18.492' W 71° 16.691'

For more information about our Section and Chapter, visit our web site at our registered domain URL:

Do NOT miss this meeting. TRUST ME.

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