Joe Jones is cofounder and CTO of Franklin Robotic, Inc. His primary interest is the practical application of robotic technology to real-world problems. Before Franklin, Joe cofounded Harvest Automation, a company that builds autonomous robots for the nursery and greenhouse industry. Prior to that Joe was a senior roboticist with iRobot Corporation. There he proposed and helped develop Roomba, the first widely adopted floor cleaning robot. Earlier, Joe served on the research staff at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now CSAIL). A graduate of MIT he is an author of three books on robotics and holds over 60 US and several international patents.