Ryan Gariepy

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Born (1986-10-25) October 25, 1986 (age 35)
Barrie, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
CitizenshipCanada
Education
  • BSc. in Mechatronics Engineering
  • MSc. in Mechanical Engineering
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineer
  • Roboticist
RelativesRay Gariepy (Grandfather)

Ryan Gariepy (born October 25, 1986) is a Canadian engineer, roboticist, and technology entrepreneur. He co-founded Clearpath Robotics with Matt Rendall, Bryan Webb, and Patrick Martinson in 2009[1], and subsidiary OTTO Motors in 2015[2]. Gariepy currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of both Clearpath Robotics and OTTO Motors. He was an intern at Kiva Systems in 2007 (now Amazon Robotics)[3].

Early life

Ryan Gariepy was born in Barrie, Ontario[4], on October 25, 1986. He later entered the University of Waterloo, and obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2009, and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

Career

While pursuing his masters degree, Gariepy co-founded Clearpath Robotics, also in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, focused on streamlining field robotics research for universities and private corporations. In 2012, Gariepy became a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Open Source Robotics Foundation[5]. He also serves as a co-organizer for the Robot Operating System Developer Conference, dating back to 2012[6].

Gariepy's business and personal interests have led to his involvement in multiple other industry, not-for-profit, and technology organizations, including as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada[7] [8], an IEEE keynote speaker[9], and Robotics Faculty Member with Singularity University Canada [10]. He is also an associate with Creative Destruction Lab's Space program alongside luminaries such as Chris Hadfield and Anousheh Ansari [11].

He appears to be a key person involved in the Clearpath Robotics partnership with Boston Dynamics[12][13].

Advocacy

In 2014 Gariepy is often credited as the first roboticist and first entrepreneur to openly pledge not to make 'killer robots' (Lethal autonomous weapons)[14][15], and continues to back initiatives to ensure AI and autonomous systems are developed ethically[16].

He has also commented publicly on the social changes widespread automation will bring, as well as the need to conduct further studies regarding basic income[17][18][19].

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References

  1. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/clearpath-robotics
  2. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/otto-motors-2
  3. https://www.icra2019.org/program/plenary-keynote-speakers
  4. https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/5806490-robotics-company-founded-by-barrie-man-expanding-to-silicon-valley/
  5. https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/open-source-robotics-foundation-officially-announced
  6. https://roscon.ros.org/2012/organization/
  7. https://www.ngen.ca/who-we-are
  8. https://financialpost.com/technology/a-robot-in-every-factory-the-230-million-bid-to-help-automate-ontarios-manufacturing-sector
  9. https://www.icra2019.org/program/plenary-keynote-speakers#3-ryan-gariepy
  10. https://sucanada.org/faculty/ryan-gariepy/
  11. https://www.creativedestructionlab.com/people/?stream=space
  12. https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/03/boston-dynamics-unveils-otto-motors-collaboration-to-bring-our-robot-overlords-to-the-warehouse/
  13. https://roboticsandautomationnews.com/2020/05/18/boston-dynamics-and-otto-motors-partner-to-develop-warehouse-robotic-solutions/32286/
  14. https://www.wired.com/2015/02/can-now-build-autonomous-killing-machines-thats-bad-idea/
  15. https://www.armscontrol.org/ACT/2015_09/Features/Getting-to-Know-Ryan-Gariepy
  16. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47259889
  17. https://fortune.com/2017/05/24/automation-job-loss-universal-income/
  18. https://www.ciodive.com/news/technobabble-technologys-case-for-a-universal-basic-income/444109/
  19. https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/five-ways-to-prepare-tech-employees-future-work

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