Interview Location: United States
In this interview, Simmons discusses his introduction to robotics during his graduate years and his start in the industry and at Carnegie Mellon. He outlines his research work and describes the difficulties in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. He reviews his involvement with the NASA groups at Ames and JPL, his work and collaborations on robotics projects and the work of his previous students, and his research in human-robot social interaction. Additionally, he reflects on the development and future direction of the field of robotics, and provides advice for those who wish to pursue it.