Keynote Speakers

Chris Anderson
CEO, 3D Robotics I’m the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 I was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired I was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek for my tenure (2009). Time Magazine’s Tech 40 — The Most Influential Minds In Technolgy (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013) I founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. My background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature andScience. In my misspent youth (more of my twenties than I should admit) I was a bit player in the DC punk scene and amusingly, a band called REM. I live in Berkeley, California with my wife and five children.
Session
December 15 | 10:00am – 10:45am
Keynote
Charles Bergan
Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm, Inc. Charles leads the software department and oversees robotics for Qualcomm Research. Qualcomm Research invents breakthrough technologies that enhance Qualcomm’s portfolio of market-leading wireless products. While at Qualcomm, he has been involved in the research and development of CDMA, UMTS, UMB and LTE. Previously, he led the software development team at Ensemble Communications, a start-up company which was one of the leading developers of LMDS point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul systems. Charles has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of California, San Diego.
Session
December 15 | 9:15am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote
Dr. Cynthia Breazeal
Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo Dr. Breazeal is recognized as the pioneer of social robotics. She is Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of the Personal Robots Group. Globally recognized thought leader and innovator. Jibo, Inc. brings her body of expertise to the world.
Session
December 15 | 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Keynote: A Social Robot in Every Home
Albert P. Pisano PhD
Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego Albert P. Pisano began his service as Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering on September 1, 2013. Pisano holds the Walter J. Zable Chair in Engineering and serves on the faculty of the departments of mechanical and aerospace engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Pisano is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the design, fabrication, commercialization, and educational aspects of MEMS. Prior to his appointment at UCSD, Pisano served on the UC Berkeley faculty for 30 years where he held the FANUC Endowed Chair of Mechanical Systems. Pisano was the senior co-director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center), director of the Electronics Research Laboratory (UC Berkeley’s largest organized research unit), and faculty head of the Program Office for Operational Excellence, among other leadership positions. Since 1983, Pisano has graduated over 40 Ph.D. and 75 M.S. students. From 1997 to 1999, Pisano was a program manager for the MEMS Program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Pisano earned his undergraduate (’76) and graduate degrees (’77, ’80, ’81) in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he held research positions with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Singer Sewing Machines Corporate R&D Center and General Motors Research Labs. Pisano’s research interests include: micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) wireless sensors for harsh environments (600°C) such as gas turbines and geothermal wells; and additive, MEMS manufacturing techniques such as low-temperature, low-pressure nano-printing of nanoparticle inks and polymer solutions. Other research interests and activities include MEMS for a wide variety of applications, including RF components, power generation, drug delivery, strain sensors, biosensors, micro inertial instruments, disk-drive actuators and nanowire sensors. He is a co-inventor listed on more than 20 patents in MEMS and has co-authored more than 300 archival publications. Pisano is a co-founder of ten start-up companies in the areas of transdermal drug delivery, transvascular drug delivery, sensorized catheters, MEMS manufacturing equipment, MEMS RF devices and MEMS motion sensors.
Session
December 16 | 9:45am – 10:30am
Keynote
Mel W. Torrie, M.S.
CEO and Founder, Autonomous Solutions, Inc. Mr. Torrie has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and is a founder and CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) in Logan Utah. ASI develops and sells systems of robots in Mining, Military, Agriculture, Material Handling, Automotive Proving Grounds and Industrial Cleaning. Prior to founding ASI 15 years ago, Mr. Torrie worked at Utah State University where he managed two NASA Space Shuttle Payloads. Mel is a sought after speaker in the robotics community and has delivered addresses at conference events such as the Precision Farming Expo, RoboBusiness, The Canadian Institute of Mining, Optimizing Mining Operations, Robotics Alley, and Rise Hong Kong.
Session
December 16 | 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Keynote