Our first guest in the Industrial AI series is Ilia Baranov, engineering manager at Clearpath Robotics. Ilia is responsible for setting the engineering direction for all of Clearpath's research platforms. Ilia likes to describe his role at the company as "both enabling and preventing the robot revolution."
Ilia is a longtime contributor to the open source robotics and ROS (the Robot Operating System) communities. In our conversation we cover a lot of ground, including what it really means to field autonomous robots, the use of autonomous robots in research and industrial environments, the different approaches and challenges to achieving autonomy, and much more! This was a really fun interview and I'm excited to share it with you!