Radu Rusu, President and CEO of Open Perception, Inc. received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award in 2013. Radu Rusu, together with Matei Ciocârlie, another talented Romanian IT professional, received the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award (Industry/Government) for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to creating and leading an open source ecosystem that fosters technology transfer in 3D perception between academia and industry in January 2013.
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society supports innovation, education, and applied research in Robotics and Automation. Robotics focuses on systems incorporating sensors and actuators that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously in cooperation with humans.
At the tender age of 31, Radu is the president of Open Perception, Inc. an independent organization created to support the development, distribution and adoption of open source software for 2D/3D processing of sensory data, with applications in research, education, and product development. See here an example of a robot that fetches beer from the refrigerator, developed by Radu Rusu and the Willow Garage team.
Radu Rusu was born in Alba Iulia and graduated from the Department of Automation & Computer Science at the Technical University Cluj-Napoca in 2004. Between 2007 and 2008 he was an International Fellow Researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Center at Stanford Research Institute International. In 2009, he got his doctorate diploma “Summa cum Laude” at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Since 2010 he has been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University.
Sources: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Buzz News