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.s I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling bofoks 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.
Co-Founder and CEO, Ascend Robotics
David Askey is a founder of startup Ascend Robotics. Ascend is developing part handling systems that intelligently adapt to the customer’s environment. The robots retrieve components, provide production line supply, and enable automated kitting. He believes that embedded intelligence can enable robots that are inherently safe, accessible, and trainable by anyone. Prior to Ascend, David was a co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Energid, where he was responsible for key strategic initiatives, guidance, and market development of sensor-driven robotic systems. A core focus was driving the definition and shaping of new products to meet market needs. For the Energid subsidiary, Robai, David provided key product guidance for the Cyton compact robot arms, with particular focus on the industrial production and device testing markets. He has extensive experience in object tracking, image-based modeling, and video compression. David has held senior positions managing engineering teams, leading technology strategy, and directing R&D at leading technology and imaging companies both in the US and Europe. David has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.
Director, UCSD Flow Control & Coordinated Robotics Labs Professor Thomas Bewley (BS/MS Caltech 1989, diploma von Karman Institute 1990, PhD Stanford 1998) directs the UCSD Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs. He currently works at the intersection of semi-autonomous agile robotics and the analysis, estimation, and forecasting of environmental flows using advanced control theory and numerical methods. His Coordinated Robotics Lab is developing an array of clever vehicles to achieve maximum agility with minimal complexity, and is coming to the mass market with a number of small toy and educational robotic vehicles in collaboration with WowWee Robotics (their first jointly-developed product, MiP, recently was awarded Innovative Toy Of The Year by the Toy Association of America). His Flow Control Lab is developing new algorithms for weather-forecasting class problems like state estimation and adaptive observation in environmental contaminant plumes, and in-situ monitoring of developing hurricanes using buoyancy-controlled balloons.
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.
CEO & Co-Founder, 5D Robotics, Inc. Mr. Bruemmer provides leadership and vision guiding the development and commercialization of robotic software. He enjoys finding ways to fuse emerging science and engineering into innovative technologies that can change the way robots interact with humans and their environment, thereby increasing mission speed and success. Mr. Bruemmer is currently working with industry partners to develop autonomous vehicles. He has invented robotic solutions for a list of applications including air and ground teaming reconnaissance, mine sweeping, and IED Defeat. Mr. Bruemmer has authored over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the area of intelligent robotics.
Vice President of Sales, Daifuku North America Bruce Buscher is the Vice President of Automatic Guided Vehicles/Carts at Daifuku North America Holding Company. Bruce has more than 25 years experience in the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) and robotics industry. He has made hundreds of presentations to educate customers and the public about the benefits of self-guided vehicles. Daifuku North America is part of the largest material handling companies in the world and the leading provider of AGVs and AGCs in North America.
Multimedia Journalist and Reporter, San Diego 6 News Gary is a multimedia journalist and reporter for San Diego 6 News, at XETV a San Diego, California CW affiliate. He joined their news team in December 2012. Prior to reporting, Gary was a police officer in Connecticut for nearly 11 years. While a police officer, he became certified in fatal motor vehicle accident investigation/reconstruction and has testified in court as an expert witness. After retiring from law enforcement, he went on to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Gary has done reporting and production assignments for many TV stations and networks throughout the country for over 10 years. He has been nominated for an Emmy for television photojournalism and spot news reporting. Gary graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also a licensed pilot with 4,000 hours, holding an FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate in multi engine jets, and a Commercial Pilot Certificate in single engine planes and seaplanes. He is also an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, training people for their Private and Commercial Pilot airplane certificates. In the past few years, Gary has been flying UAVs, and sees the unlimited capabilities they have being used in journalism. He’s been testing potential UAV use at the local TV station level, and is developing standardized station operating procedures for photojournalists to use UAVs in newsgathering. Gary has a focus of forming agreements with first responder agencies that operate at breaking news scenes to better integrate journalism UAVs into an emergency environment. Gary is also an advocate for ethical UAV operation without requiring overreaching privacy legislation that discriminates against UAV’s performing in a newsgathering role. When Gary is not reporting or flying, he’s always outdoors hiking.
Applications Engineer, FATHOM
Bethany L. Casarez is an Applications Engineer with FATHOM, where she supports the company’s portfolio of advanced technologies with a focus on additive manufacturing. She helps FATHOM’s customers design parts that leverage the unique advantages of 3D printing and other additive manufacturing methods. Previously, she worked in the semiconductor test industry as a mechanical engineer in new product development. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where she graduated at the top of her class and received an award for an Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis.
Managing Partner, LightSpeed Innovation Ellen brings over 25 years of experience in strategy, business and product development, and systems engineering in the technology and aerospace industries. As Managing Partner with LightSpeed Innovations, she sets Investment strategy and direction for program execution and client engagements. LightSpeed Innovations a business accelerator for aerospace start-ups and has hosted stand-alone programs as well as defined those for specific corporate objectives. LightSpeed has recently completed a market research project that focused on an unmanned systems incubator/test facility in San Diego. It also just graduated its New Space cohort of start-ups which culminated in an investment pitch event in October. All companies have secured lead investment for their seed round. Ellen started her career in the Navy developing analytical strategies for maritime intelligence operations. At mid-career, she left the Navy to pursue a business degree and later joined JP Morgan as a banker in their west coast office. There she was part of the client management team during the exciting dot.com period where she was able to explore and facilitate investment in start-ups. In 1999 she left to found her own start-up in the aviation industry where the team focused on building a B2B aviation part sourcing and brokerage focused on business jets. In 2002 she joined Northrop Grumman where she commenced a career in autonomous systems, joining the team designing the Global Hawk, the USAF’s first high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system. Through the 12 years with Northrop Grumman, she held increasing responsibilities throughout a variety of unmanned systems programs that culminated with a position as the Director of the Advanced Mission Systems Division where the charter was to anticipate and develop products 5-10 years in the future. Ellen loves to run, taste wine, and debate national security issues. She is the chair of the Wharton Angel Network Southern California. She is also co-founder of Wharton Aerospace, and runs the innovationventures focused conference at Wharton San Francisco.
PhD Researcher, Artificial Intelligence Group, University of California San Diego Zachary Chase Lipton is a PhD student and researcher in the Artificial Intelligence Group at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). His work focuses on the theory and application of machine learning, particularly deep learning and multilabel classification. He has worked extensively on applications of these techniques, particularly recurrent neural networks, to medical data, natural language datasets, computer vision, and music information retrieval. Zachary has worked as a machine learning scientist at Amazon, a research intern at Microsoft Research Labs, and coauthored reviews on recurrent neural networks and differential privacy. In addition to his formal academic writing, Zachary has written for IEEE Spectrum, is authoring his first book for Manning Publications, is a Contributing Editor for KDNuggets, and is an accomplished jazz musician.
VP Business Development, Blue River Technology Ben Chostner (VP Business Development) joined Blue River in its early days and has played a key role in bringing the smart machines to life by linking farmer needs to product development. Ben now spends his time at Blue River forming technology strategy for further commercialization of smart machines. Previously, Ben helped Fortune 100 companies tackle challenging problems in his role as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He earned a BS Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ben grew up in northern Illinois and comes from a long line of Illinois farmers.
Global Business Planning & Analysis, Driscoll’s Driscoll’s is a multi-billion dollar global leader of branded fresh berries rapidly expanding on 6 continents. László is responsbile for all aspect of Global Business Development, Strategy, and Financial Planning. He is a passionate advocate for transformational innovation to address fundamental challenges of agriculture. In his role, he is actively involved in developing a broad range of innovation and technology partnerships to bring agriculture to the 21st Century. Prior to joining Driscoll’s, he had more than a decade of strategy consulting experience with both midmarket and Fortune 500 companies, as well as Top 10 private equity firms. He holds a M.B.A. from the Yale Schools of Management.
Robotics Software Architect, Intel Internet of Things Group Matt Curfman is a Robotics Software Architect in Intel’s Internet Of Things Group. His focus is providing software to enable compelling computer vision, depth sensing, speech, and other capabilities for robotics customers. Matt has been the lead architect of many computer vision and graphics products, including the Intel(R) RealSense SDK for Android, the Intel(R) Graphics Performance Analyzers, and the graphics drivers for the first Apple MacBook Air.“
Managing Director, Mooreland Partners Rick is a Managing Director of Mooreland Partners in the firms Silicon Valley office where he works with companies in the industrial technology market. He has been active in investment banking for over 25 years and has been involved with over 100 transactions including a wide range of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, and leveraged recapitalizations. Most recently he and his colleagues advised Universal Robots in its sale to Teradyne and represented Adept Technology in its sale to Omron Corporation. Prior to entering investment banking, Rick practiced public accounting with Touche, Ross & Co. Rick is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant (inactive). Rick and his wife Helen have nine children and live in Woodside, CA.
VP of Sales & Business Development, Airware Mark is Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Airware, a San Francisco-based company that has developed an operating system for commercial drones, allowing enterprises to take full advantage of aerial data for any commercial application. Airware’s Aerial Information Platform combines hardware, software, and cloud services to enable companies to quickly customize, efficiently manage, and safely and reliably operate commercial drones at scale. Mark is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships and spreading the word about applications for UAS. He has experience bringing new technology to global commercial & government sectors in Fortune 500 enterprise businesses as well as startups. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales at Picarro, Inc., where he drove their installed base from nothing to over $100 million in 5 years.
New Applications Business Line Manager, ABB Robotics Nicolas De Keijser is a Belgian national holding a a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Economics and International Management from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Prior to joining ABB Robotics he has been involved in business development for NVH testing equipment and software for LMS international. He joined ABB in the Robotics Business Unit in 2007 in Shanghai, China as a Product Manager for the small robot portfolio in which he oversaw the launch of the IRB 120 robot. He then took on the global business development responsibility for the 3C ( Electrical & Electronics) industry segment and worked a key account manager for prominent consumer electronics companies. In 2014, Nicolas moved to the United States to take on his current role as New Applications Business Line Manager in the Robotics Business Unit. As part of this role, he runs ABB’s North American Applications Center for Collaborative Automation
Vice President, Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology, E&J Gallo Winery Dr. Nick Dokoozlian is the Vice President of Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology at E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, CA, with responsibilities for research and innovation in the areas of grape and wine production. He also serves as the Research Chair for the National Grape and Wine Initiative, an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing grape and wine research in the US. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, and a reviewer for several scientific journals. He is an active member of several professional and scientific societies, including the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, the American Society for Horticulture Science and the International Society for Horticultural Science where he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Small Fruits Section. Dr. Dokoozlian has received several awards and honors for his research contributions, including two Best Research Paper Awards from the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture in 2001 and 2005 and the USDA-ARS BY Morrison Memorial Medal for outstanding contributions to US horticulture in 2011. Prior to joining E&J Gallo Dokoozlian was a member of the faculty of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, where he was responsible for teaching, research and statewide extension education activities for the table and wine grape industries. His research interests focus on the effects of cultural practices and environmental factors on grape and wine composition. Dr. Dokoozlian received his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis.
Director of Knowledge and Innovation, Reiter Affiliated Companies US Navy Nuclear Mechanic USS Omaha SSN 692. 15 years as an Engineer and leader within Pepsi Bottling, Gallo Wineries & Vineyards engaged in Sustainability and Efficiency Management Projects. 6 years as Director for Knowledge and Innovation with Reiter Affiliated Companies working largely on the declining labor pool. Commissioned to find the challenges of specialty crop agricultural industry and connect and implement solutions that align with strategic objectives. Reiter is the world’s largest grower of Fresh Market Berries and seeks to be Driscoll’s Best Berry Solution. With a labor pool of more than 20,000 people and presence on 4 continents, Reiter engages with startups and existing businesses to find innovations for their business. Currently Reiter is working with several early stage robotics and imagery companies.
Executive Director, Investment Banking, Mooreland Partners Bryan is an Executive Director at Mooreland Partners in the Silicon Valley office. Bryan joined Mooreland in 2013 and has over ten years of experience advising technology companies on strategic and financial transactions, completing over 50 transactions in his career. At Mooreland, Bryan is responsible for origination, transaction execution, relationship management and business development in the industrial technologies, electronics and clean energy sectors. Prior to Mooreland, Bryan was a Director and Head of the Clean Energy and Industrial Technology Investment Banking Group at ThinkEquity, where he focused broadly on the clean energy and industrial technology sectors, including advanced manufacturing, lighting and efficiency, energy storage and alternative transportation, emerging environmental technologies, capital equipment, and alternative energy generation. Previously, Bryan was also a member of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Needham & Company. Bryan holds a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems from the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
Community Technical Manager, Droncecode Craig has a background in electrical engineering with a focus in oceanography and has been designing remote and autonomous systems since 1989. He has logged many thousands of hours performing underwater surveys as an ROV pilot and has designed systems for SeaBotix, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Triton Logging, the Institute for Exploration, the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility and many others. For the past three years, Craig has been the Director of Software Engineering for 3D Robotics and has lead the Open Source ArduPilot UAV project. Recently, a Linux Collaborative Project called Dronecode was created around the ArduPilot and PX4 projects and Craig has joined the Linux Foundation as the Community Manager for Dronecode. Craig brings a wealth of experience creating and using remote and autonomous systems for inspection and mapping in challenging environments.
Technology Lawyer, Sidley Austin LLP Carl is a technology lawyer in Sidley Austin LLP’s Technology and IP Transactions practice group, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property licensing and related commercial transactions, as well as intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises clients on software-related licensing issues, including issues related to open source software. Carl is also a roboticist with over fifteen years of advanced robotics and technical experience, including electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, machine vision, and autonomous navigation. In the past, Carl developed technologies for robotic systems ranging from the small TALON® EOD platform produced by Foster-Miller/QinetiQ North America, to the U.S. Army TARDEC-funded TAGS-CX 6,000 lb modular robotic system, which he developed during his time as Principal Engineer at Applied Perception, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute spinoff. Prior to joining Sidley, Carl was in-house counsel, director of commercialization, and senior robotics engineer at Neya Systems LLC, a small robotics company in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to being the company’s lawyer, Carl led Neya’s efforts to commercialize the company’s DoD-funded technologies, including handling marketing, branding and business development. As a senior engineer at the company, Carl also developed FPGA-based technologies for a large, commercial equipment manufacturer and for a Navy-funded Phase I SBIR research program focused on developing an unattended shallow water sonar processing system. Carl also previously cofounded a green technology startup in Chicago and was affiliated with the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston, IL. Carl earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He also earned an M.S. from the University of Florida, where his graduate research at the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR) focused on computer vision and autonomous navigation for unmanned robotic ground vehicles. He also earned a B.S. in Electromechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Carl is also a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He previously worked at a patent firm in Chicago.
Ringleader, The Hybrid Group Ron Evans is an award-winning open source software developer, businessperson, author, speaker, and iconoclast. As “Ringleader” of The Hybrid Group, he helps clients solve some of their most difficult technical and business problems. Ron has been a keynote speaker or presenter at conferences such as Maker Faire, OSCON, GopherCon, JSConf, RubyConf, FutureRuby, Ignite, L.A. Ruby Conference, Scottish Ruby Conf, and MagmaConf. He has been profiled in Vice, Wired, Fast Company, Make, The New York Times, Computerworld, and many other publications. Ron is one of the creators of robotics and IoT software Cylon.js (http://cylonjs.com), Gobot, and Artoo, along with the award-winning KidsRuby.
Senior VUI/UX Designer, CloudCar Lisa Falkson is Senior VUI/UX Designer at CloudCar, designing the next generation of voice user interfaces for connected cars. Previously, she worked on Amazon’s first speech-enabled products: Fire TV, Fire Phone and Echo. She has over 15 years of industry experience, specializing in design of natural speech and multimodal interfaces.
Manager, Robotics and Automation Engineering, Southwest Research Institute Clay holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the Manager of Robotics and Automation Engineering at Southwest Research Institute. His group provides R&D services in advanced sensing, industrial automation, and robotics for a broad range of industries and government agencies. Clay joined SwRI in 1998 and has led the development of numerous automation technologies with highlights in autonomous vehicle perception and vision-based sensing for intelligent robot decision making. Clay’s research interests include 3D vision for robot guidance, robotic path planning, and mobile manipulation for large scale applications. He has also fostered the development of the ROS-Industrial open source software project, which aims to advance the current state of the art in industrial robot control.
President and CEO, AeroUAVs, LLC Timothy Ford is the President of AeroUAVs, LLC. Tim is an Airline Transport Pilot with an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License with over 30 years of experience in Aviation Certifications and developing Safety Systems. Tim is qualified to operate 5 different Unmanned Systems and currently possesses 3 Section 333 exemptions of his own. Before transitioning to Unmanned Systems, he held Senior Management Positions at several airlines, was involved with 9 different Airline Certifications and has worked with regulators in both the United States and the European Union. His background includes; Design of Aviation Business Practices and Processes, FAA & EASA Certifications, Development and Implementation of Safety Management Systems, and Regulatory Compliance. He is associated with several Consulting companies that specialize in UAV Operations, Risk Analysis, and Safety Management.
Founder and CEO, Iam Robotics Ascend Robotics
Tom Galluzzo is the Founder and CEO of Iam Robotics. He has over 15 years of experience in autonomous robotics, working with Carnegie Mellon University, Harris Corporation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and other industry organizations. During his career, Tom has developed autonomous systems for air, land and sea. He has built robots to compete in international competitions including the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the DARPA Grand Challenge. Several of Tom’s robots have won in the areas of navigation, autonomy and design. Prior to Iam Robotics, Tom co-founded OpenJAUS, a technology company that develops software for the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS), an industry standard used by defence and commercial customers for ground breaking robotics programs. Tom holds a PhD in Robotics from University of Florida and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Strategy & Product Manager, IBM – Watson Group Aadhar Garg is a Product Manager in the Watson Group, specifically focused on the Speech and Translation Services on the Watson Developer Cloud. He comes to this role with experiences in programming, consulting and sales at IBM and Google. Aadhar holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where his focus was Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Co-founder and CEO, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation Leor Grebler is a co-founder and CEO of Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC), a company dedicated to bringing voice interaction to hardware devices. UCIC’s initial IoT product offering was the Ubi – The Ubiquitous Computer – a voice activated computing device that offers instant access to information and control of home automation devices. Leor steers UCIC towards its goal of making interaction with technology more human and natural. He has nine years of technology experience including IBM and Clearpath Robotics and has worked with several startups such as The Funding Portal, where he saw the company from its launch through its first funding rounds. He holds a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University.
Principal Strategist, Cisco Biren Gandhi is a Principal Strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems. Currently, Biren spearheads strategy for highly disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, fog computing, drones, blockchains, machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Staff Manager of Business Operations, Qualcomm Ventures Houman Haghighi is a Staff Manager of Business Operations with the Qualcomm Ventures team. He joined Qualcomm over 12 years ago and has held roles in engineering, project management, product development and building / managing software teams; he was also granted a number of RF technology patents. In his current roles, he is responsible for portfolio company engagement as well as the review and sourcing and due diligence of investments. Houman currently leads the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Houman founded a successful company that developed the first implementation of a laptop in a police vehicle, creating the first paperless police vehicle in California. Houman studied Computational Cognitive Science with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence at UC San Diego and Advanced Project Management at Stanford.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ozobot Nader Hamda brings over 18 years experience as president & CEO of two previous start-up companies. Nader’s experience with start-up brands gives him a unique understanding of balancing brand positioning with cash flow management to properly build the necessary support infrastructure to achieve a company’s strategic plan. His experience with company valuations and growth management helped guide his previous company, Cloud B Inc., to become one of the fastest growing companies in Los Angeles as reported by the Los Angeles Business Journal in November 2010. Nader holds an MBA in Marketing from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, and a BBA in Operations Management from the same institution.
Chief Product Officer, Clearpath Robotics Mike Hanuschik is the Chief Product Officer for Clearpath Robotics. As the CPO, Mike is responsible for Branding, Design, and Product Management. Prior to Clearpath Mike spent 14 years at Intuitive Surgical where he worked on four generations of the da Vinci Surgical System, leading Design and Product Management and helping grow the business into a multi-billion dollar company. A highly regarded creative strategist and team builder, Mike has worked on some of the most well adopted and meaningful robotics products in the world. Mike’s current passion is self-driving technology which he believes will enable a sustainable future where transport vehicles are optimally efficient, fundamentally safe, and incredibly simple to deploy.
Automation Group Manager, SCHUNK Jesse Hayes is the Automation Group Manager for SCHUNK, a pioneer in gripping systems and automation components. Jesse has used his strong technical background and his passion for technology to promote and develop SCHUNK‘s automation products for over thirteen years and has helped SCHUNK grow into a global leader in the automation world.
CEO, Asylon Damon has been involved in the RC/drone industry for 15 years. After graduating from MIT, he went on to graduate from GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) where he ran several military manufacturing lines for aircraft including V-22 and P-3. While in these position Damon received his Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and manufacturing resource planning. His most recent endeavors involved structural and payload design for advanced rotorcraft and small UAVs under Phantom Works at The Boeing Company.
Co-Founder and CEO, Robolink Hansol is co-founder and CEO of Robolink. Robolink is a leading robotics education company that makes robotics educational kit and instruct students how to make robots. Over past 3 years, Robolink has taught thousands of students how to build and program robots. He is also an organizer for San Diego Robotics Club with 750+ members. Hansol graduated from UC San Diego with the degree in Management Science, B.S.
Founder and CEO, Agralogics Inc. Sumer Johal is Founder and CEO of Agralogics Inc. A seasoned technologist with nearly two decades of entrepreneurial experience, Sumer has held leadership positions across several high-growth companies around the US and the world – from Startup to Publicly held – across several industries. Prior to Agralogics, Sumer was the founder and CEO of bio-energy innovator, Agni Energy, leading the company from concept to commercialization in the US and India. The interest he developed in food and energy sustainability through technology began with his agricultural roots and is what continues to drive his work at Agralogics. Sumer holds a BS and MSE in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research Director, ABI Research In his role at ABI Research Dan will focus on robotics innovation across various industries including consumer, construction, security, healthcare, agriculture and education. Prior to joining ABI, Dan Kara was Chief Research Officer for Myria RAS, a research and advisory services firm focused on automation, robotics and intelligent systems trends, and publisher of the ARISPlex.com robotics portal. Dan was also President of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the personal, service and mobile robotics markets. He was also developer and chairman of the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition series, the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition series, the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition series, and the CES Robotics TechZone. In addition, Dan was the publisher of RoboticsTrends.com, an online portal covering the intelligent, mobile robotics market, and launched Robotics Business Review. Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, Director of Research at Ullo International, and Chief Technical Officer of Software Productivity Group. He holds a MS in Computer Science from Boston University.
President, Infinium Robotics Yohan Kim is a President of Korea Business for INFINIUM ROBOTICS which is based on USA Silicon Valley. Before joining Infinium Robotics as a president of Korea Business, he was HSE advisor & Trainer of SHELL. He is currently Safety Management Consultant for JMJ associates and Business consultant for Korea Scaffolding Institution as well. He has Bachelor of Science of public administration at Bath Univ.
Senior Scientist and Director of R&D, Technical Services Division, Brain Corporation Patryk Laurent Ph.D. is Senior Scientist and Director of R&D in Brain Corporation’s Technical Services Division. Dr. Laurent’s speciality is in understanding how reward and attention influence learning in both real brains and artificial neural networks. His team studies how brain inspired learning and design principles can be used to create software for robots functioning in the real world, in real time. Before joining Brain Corporation Patryk cofounded an AI startup in the Natural Language Processing space and worked for a computer software startup, ScholarOne, that was sold to Thompson Reuters. Patryk performed his postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh (2009), and a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Virginia (2001).
General Manager, Universal Robots’ Americas Region Scott Mabie is the Danish robot manufacturers’ General Manager of the Americas Region, overseeing the rapid market expansion of the company’s game changing, collaborative robots. He has a proven track record of more than 25 years in industrial automation; spearheading strategic leadership, building up businesses and expanding them internationally. Before joining Universal Robots, Mabie was the Business Unit Manager with Rofin-Sinar Inc., one of the leading global manufacturers of laser sources and laser-based solutions for industrial materials processing. Prior to this he was Director of Business Development with Danotek Motion Control.
CEO & Co-Founder, Agrian, Inc. Nishan Majarian is CEO and co-founder of Agrian, Inc. Agrian was founded in 2004 to provide Ag retailers, crop advisors, agronomists, growers and food handlers/processors with a single, cohesive, cloud-based solution for managing all of their current and future record keeping, documentation and compliance requirements. Nishan is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Agrian, including strategic partnerships, sales, marketing and finance. Prior to founding Agrian, Nishan served as vice president of sales for Grassroots Enterprise, a political action network that uses software to integrate grassroots and traditional communications with constituents. Previously, he was founder, CEO and President of NetFile, a campaign finance electronic filing program. Nishan also served as Director of the Central California Office for the Office of Governor Pete Wilson, where he oversaw business development and served as the Governor’s liaison to local businesses, the agricultural community, and elected officials for 11 counties. Nishan holds a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fresno. He currently resides in Fresno, California with his wife, Andriana, and their two children, Alexandria and Armen.
Engineering Manager, Acorn Product Development Gwynn leads the engineering team in our Silicon Valley Design Center. An Acorn veteran of more than 10 years, Gwynn is a leading expert in plastics and injection molding design and in structural and thermal analysis. She has deep expertise in manufacturing and assembly technologies and methods, and in high-volume manufacturing. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Stanford.
Senior Research and Development Engineer, 3D Robotics Allan is currently a Senior Research and Development Engineer with 3D Robotics. At 3DR, Allan takes products from concept to mass production with a focus on embedded Linux, wireless communications, video transmission, regulatory certification, and manufacturing and test. As part of a small team, he helped to bring a consumer drone from idea to large-volume mass production in a little more than a year. Previously, Allan worked in the consumer electronics, renewable energy and maritime industries. Allan received a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in Seattle and currently resides in San Diego, California.
President, AGERpoint, Inc. Dr. McPeek is the founder and President of AGERpoint, Inc. His systems integration and design background allowed him to develop the foundational systems at the heart of AGERpoint’s product line. Throughout his career, he has focused on the use of technology to record and model physical environments. Dr. McPeek spent more than a decade as a University professor in the field of architectural design, during which time he published one book and numerous articles on architecture, teaching and team dynamics in design environments. Since 2001, one of Dr. McPeek’s key areas of focus has been the use of LiDAR. He began these investigations in order to document 3D environments and convert the resulting point clouds into useable information for decision making and architectural documentation for the preservation of historic buildings. Following a conversation in 2011 with an architect who was also involved in the citrus industry, Dr. McPeek began to develop various remote sensing technologies and methods for use in modeling and mapping the physical structure, location, variety and health status of agricultural assets. In 2011, he founded AGERpoint to commercialize these developments.
Director of Sales, West Office Manager, FANUC America Scott Melton is Director of Sales and Office Manager for FANUC America’s regional office located in Lake Forest, CA. He is currently responsible for material handling, assembly, packaging and other robotic applications for the Western United States. Scott has been with FANUC America – Robotics Division for 28 years. He has held positions both within engineering and sales. Prior to joining FANUC America, Mr. Melton worked for ABB Robotics, GE Medical Systems, and Harnischfeger. Scott holds a BS in Industrial Technology from Utah State, and a MBA from Letourneau University. His talk will focus on FANUC America’s Collaborative Robotics Systems.
President and CEO, Innov8tive Designs Lucien Miller is the President and CEO of Innov8tive Designs, a North County San Diego Corporation that distributes electric power systems to retail customers and hobby dealers all across America. In addition to his duties as Innov8tive Designs, Lucien has also been the host of the longest running Podcast program in the RC Hobby Industry, “All Things That Fly”, since 2008. Lucien obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, and holds a Commercial Multi-Engine pilot’s license, as well as Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor certificates.
Co-Founder & CTO Accel Robotics Nick Morozovsky is passionate about creating new robotic systems from ideation to prototype to production. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in robotics. Nick worked in Fortune 100 companies’ engineering R&D groups before returning to grad school and earning his MS and PhD from UC San Diego. His research centered on dynamics and control systems for complex mobile robot systems in the Coordinated Robotics Lab. While a graduate student, he mentored numerous undergraduate research teams. His work has been recognized by Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards in 2013 (SkySweeper high-wire robot) and 2014 (MiP self-balancing robot companion). Nick has performed 3D printing, robotics, and project management consulting for Brain Corporation, WowWee, and Rokenbok Education, including their new line of STEM education robotic products. Most recently, Nick resisted the siren’s song of Silicon Valley and instead cofounded a company in downtown San Diego, Accel Robotics, which creates extraordinary robots designed to enhance the human experience.
CEO & Founder, TerrAvion, Inc. My professional career is devoted to getting robots to work for us. In the Army, I led the first Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platoon in Afghanistan. The platoon delivered hugely important information to our brigade and enabled new ways of operating for the brigade. As a civilian I worked for Deloitte helping the Navy with their resource planning and unmanned programs. Particularly, I was involved with creating an acquisition business plan for Unmanned Surface Vehicles. When I when I went back to school at Carnegie Mellon, I studied the problems of managing and financing robotics companies. Currently, I am the CEO of TerrAvion. TerrAvion is dedicated to taking the organization and technology of networked aircraft and applying them to serve agriculture. TerrAvion is the leading provider of overnight imagery for agriculture in the geographies where we operate: California, Oregon, Washington, and Chile.
Research & Development, Agricultural Engineering, GIS, UAS Manager, Grimmway Farms Jeff Morrison has been focused on technology innovation in agriculture for over 13 years; the last 12 employed by Grimmway Farms. His main areas of activity involve precision farming, robotics, imaging, UAS, GIS, along with data and mechanical systems. Recent projects involve exploring alternate vegetable growing methods suited for robotics and data driven vegetable production analytics with UAS. Jeff intimately understands areas where the constraining labor supply will continue to offer entry points for robotic processes in vegetable production as a means of satisfying an ever increasing population. Grounded in practical execution and guided by a clear vision of the future, Jeff firmly believes robotics will play a large role in future food production. Jeff is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, SLO where he studied Agricultural Systems Management in the Agriculture Engineering Department. He lives in Bakersfield with his wife and two children.
Principal, Vice President, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, Inc. Dave Murray, Principal/Vice President of Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, Inc., is an agriculture professional with more than 20 years of experience in production, operations and executive management. For the past nine years Dave has directed key operations at A&W, including farming production, grower development, facilities, food safety, social responsibility, R&D, innovation and new product development. Prior to his current role at A&W, Dave was a Managing Partner at Sundance Berry Farms, LLC in Watsonville and General Manager for Coastal Berry Company in Oxnard. A member of the A&W Board of Directors and Management Board, Dave also serves on the California Strawberry Commission board of directors as Research Committee Chairman, and Board Member at United Fresh Produce Association. Dave holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in Agricultural Business Management form California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Executive Producer, Forbes AgTech Summit Paul has spent his entire career focused on identifying, analyzing, explaining, investing in and helping build ground-breaking business models whether as a journalist, award-winning equity analyst, director of research, angel investor, teacher or producer. Most recently, Paul conceived and produced the inaugural Forbes AgTech Summit which took place in Salinas, California in July and he is already hard at work producing next year’s Summit which will again take place in downtown Salinas on July 13 & 14, 2016. For the last two years, Paul spearheaded the Forbes Reinventing America Project, which was the single most significant effort mounted by any major US media company to bolster the economic development of America’s heartland and showcase the wealth of talent and innovation blossoming there. Paul Noglows was an award-winning equity analyst at a number of prominent broker dealers including Hambrecht & Quist and JPMorgan where he helped explain and lead investment in the nascent Internet of the late 1990s. He later was Director of Research at Lazard Capital Markets. Prior to Wall Street, Paul spent ten years as a journalist reporting on all facets of both traditional and digital media for Variety and Inter@ctive Week. Throughout his career, Paul has been deeply involved in academics – both as a featured speaker at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and as an Adjunct Professor both at New York University’s Stern School of Business and in the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism program at CUNY. He is also an active member of the Innovation Committee of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. Paul graduated from New York University with a Masters in Journalism and from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Economics. When not traveling, Paul lives at the Jersey Shore with his wife and their four incredibly active children.
Founder & CEO, ivee Jonathon Nostrant is the Founder & CEO at ivee, a company focused designing, developing, and distributing an open & flexible voice assistant device for the connected home. Today, ivee products can be found in major US retail channels, like Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, and Staples. Previously, Jonathon co-founded, Moshi, the first speech-enabled alarm clock. He has over 8 years of industry experience, developing & distributing consumer electronics with voice.
Founder and Managing Director, Diosys Technologies LLC and Managing Partner, DND Ventures LLC Daniel is Founder and Managing Director of Diosys Technologies LLC, and Managing Partner of DND Ventures LLC. In 2013 Daniel co-authored “The Silent Intelligence: the Internet of Things”, a book about an upcoming technology revolution, together with Daniel Kellmereit of Detecon USA. Daniel’s passion is helping companies and individuals realize their dreams of commercially launching new technologies, products and ideas. Daniel has been advising large companies, such as Samsung, and small ones on business development strategy with connected devices. Prior to launching his own companies, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, where he led the commercial launch of multiple M2M products and businesses. Prior to that, Daniel was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Motorola Germany. In 2011 Daniel co-founded, and currently co-chairs, M2M Special Interest Group at CommNexus San Diego. Currently he also curates TEDx San Diego. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina in cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s degree from the Moscow State Lomonosov University.
Sr Product Line Manager, Mobile Robots, Adept Technology, Inc
Mike Oitzman is a product leader with more than 25 years of experience developing new markets & channels, and launching new products. He started his career at Adept Technology and returned to Adept last year to lead the mobile robot business. Mobile robotics is an exciting new opportunity to bring automation to material handling in ways which break out of the traditional constraints of AGVs and conveyors, while providing a platform for innovation in the future.
Founder and CEO, GeoVisual Analytics Jeff is the Founder and CEO of GeoVisual Analytics, a startup in Boulder, CO, where he has led development of GeoVisual’s OnSight platform for precision agriculture with funding from NASA. Before founding GeoVisual, Jeff was a Lead Program Manager at Microsoft, where he directed a team to develop and deploy the Bing Maps Server, a private-cloud version of Microsoft’s Bing Maps that today is the mapping platform for New York City’s counter-terrorism Domain Awareness System. As Senior Scientist at another Boulder startup, Jeff led the development of seismic data analysis and imaging technologies that were sold to a Chevron-backed company that is now a leader in real-time monitoring of hydrofracture operations worldwide. Jeff has a Ph.D. in Physics and has served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Aerial MOB, LLC. Treggon oversees all aspects of the day-to-day business of the company as well as the implementation of the company’s long and short term plans in accordance with its strategy. In addition to his support on all things at Aerial MOB, Treggon is also an Aerial Director. Before forming Aerial MOB with his Partners in early 2013, Treggon’s 17+ career took him around the world testing, troubleshooting and demonstrating complicated projects in real world environments. These projects include post 9/11 related DARPA, NASA and Department of Homeland Security research. Treggon’s education in math, computational physics and engineering coupled with his firmware/software experience from his field engineering days creating bomb detectors and low temperature physics platforms allowed him to start creating his own platforms for aerial video projects. Treggon is a leader in the San Diego Community as well as a successful entrepreneur and visionary. Treggon graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Computational Physics.
Vice President, Core Technology, IBM Watson Jerome Pesenti is Vice President, Core Technology, at IBM Watson. He leads a team of developers and researchers in charge of the Watson Platform – a set of cognitive services that anybody, students, start ups or fortune 500 companies, can integrate through the cloud. Jerome joined IBM after its acquisition of Vivisimo, the innovative search solutions company he co-founded fourteen years ago. Before Vivisimo, Jerome was a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department, carrying out research on document clustering, data mining and artificial intelligence. Jerome is a Carnegie Science Entrepreneur and Pittsburgh 40 under 40 awardee. He is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris with a Ph.D. in pure maths and degrees in philosophy and cognitive sciences.
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.
Managing Director, RoboBrain Project, Neurorobotics-Human Brain Project and Chief Co-Editor, Frontiers in Neurorobotics Dr. Florian Röhrbein is a senior lecturer at the research group “Robotics and Embedded Systems” in TUM’s Informatics Department. He is managing director of the Neurorobotics subproject of the Human Brain Project flagship. He has international work experience in various projects on brain-inspired cognitive systems. Research stays include the MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience (UK), the HONDA Research Institute Europe (Germany) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York). He received his Diploma (with honors) and PhD (magna cum laude) from TU München. In 2011 he received the venia legendi for computer science from Universität Bremen.
CEO, GoodAI Marek Rosa is the CEO, CTO and founder of two companies based in Prague in The Czech Republic. The first is Keen Software House, an independent video game development studio that has produced such popular games as Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers, which combine STEM knowledge and entertainment. The second company, a new startup, is GoodAI, a R&D company working on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. After his success in the video game industry, Marek was able to personally invest $10M USD in the new general AI research project, the goal of which is to build human-level artificial intelligence. The project is currently underway with a team of 30 top-notch researchers and developers.
Founder and Principal, N2Semantics Tony Sarris is the founder and principal of N2Semantics, a consultancy based in Orange County, California, specializing in semantic technologies, AI and cognitive computing. He also serves as a strategic advisor to a startup called Primal, developers of an AI-based intelligent content discovery assistant. Tony got his start in IT working with large-scale database management systems and enterprise transactional processing applications. Frustrated that these databases and applications didn’t know anything about the world that they operated in, Tony began working on conceptual modeling technologies and other forms of ontologies and knowledge representation systems.Tony has a particular passion for intelligent software agents and hopes that smart apps can make the everyday lives of businesses and individuals easier, more productive and more enjoyable.
Owner & Partner, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms Brad Scott is a partner in Scott Brothers Dairy Farms (SBDF) in San Jacinto in Southern California. Brad owns the farm with his brother, Bruce, and his father, Stan. They milk 1,000 Holstein cows. The milk travels to their nearby manufacturing plant, Scott Bros. Dairy, in Chino, where it is bottled or turned into frozen yogurt mixes and other popular dairy foods. Sustainability has always been part of SBDF’s core values. As fourth generation dairymen, Brad and Bruce practice sustainable agriculture. Scott Brothers Dairy Farms recycle the water used by the dairy from the municipality to grow crops that feed the cows. They’ve installed more than 300 solar panels to produce some of the electricity for the farm and to help offset their carbon footprint. Most recently, they entered a partnership with Ag Waste Solutions that will convert cow manure into diesel fuel or biochar. They are always looking for new technologies to care for the land, air and water. The Scott Brothers have a sense of pride in carrying on the 100 year-old legacy to produce safe, wholesome and delicious dairy products. Brad believes in giving back to the industry he loves. For the past 11 years, Brad as served as a board member of the 46th District Agricultural Association. Currently, Brad serves as a director of the Dairy Council of California. He is the past chair of the California Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers and the California Beef Council, where he still serves as a board member. He is a county and state DHIA board member. He serves on the board of the National Dairy Board and Dairy Management Inc. He has served on committees of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He has also volunteered for the Riverside Mountain Rescue Team for the past 20 years. Brad and his wife, Sally, have two children.
Lead Architect, Cloud Robotics, Neya Systems, LLC Jordan Shelley is Neya Systems’ lead for Cloud Robotics, and has an extensive background in mission planning, multi-robot control, distributed systems, task planning, task decomposition, and rapid scaling of complex systems. Jordan has been at Neya since 2010, and is one of the lead developers of the company’s SBIR-funded mission planning framework UxFleet. Jordan’s current focus is transitioning Neya’s mission management and data processing systems to cloud-based architectures, and supporting the development of new robotics programs using the latest web technologies.
President & CEO, CoroWare, Inc. Mr. Lloyd T. Spencer serves as the President of Coroware, Inc. and has been its Chief Executive Officer since January 2008 and Chairman since August 2013. Mr. Spencer has more than 30 years experience in the computer and networking industries in engineering, product marketing, business development, and sales management. His expertise ranges across a spectrum of industries and technologies, including mobile robotics, embedded systems, and data analytics. Mr. Spencer is an active contributor to the robotics community in Seattle area through his participation in the Seattle Robotics Society, 4H Robotics Club programs through Washington State Cooperative Extension and the National 4H in Washington, DC. Mr. Spencer received his Bachelors degree from Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1980.
Assistant Professor and Director, Bioinspired Robotics and Design Labs at University of California, San Diego Michael T. Tolley is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and director of the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His work explores robotic designs inspired by natural systems and enabled by digital fabrication. Previously, Tolley was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, working in the Harvard Microbotics Laboratory from 2011 to fall 2014. He earned his Ph.D. and master’s in the Creative Machines Lab (formerly Computational Synthesis Lab) at Cornell University and has a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal. His work on soft robotics, advanced fabrication, and self-assembly has appeared in prestigious scientific journals including Science and Nature.
Area Sales Manager – West, Universal Robots
Craig Tomita has over 25 years of sales and managerial experience in robotics, automation, and machine vision from top companies including: IAI, COGNEX, BOSCH-REXROTH, MINARIK, ADEPT TECHNOLOGY, and FESTO. He joined Universal Robots in the fall of 2015 as he saw collaborative robots as the next major leap in robotics. Craig is now responsible for managing the distributor sales channels of Universal Robots in the western part of United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
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.
Founder, Mixing Bowl Hub Rob Trice is the Founder of the Mixing Bowl Hub and Better Food Ventures. He is leveraging his background in telecom, mobile and internet venture capital to the application of IT to the food and agriculture sectors. The Mixing Bowl Hub is a forum to link food, agriculture and IT innovators. Better Food Ventures makes seed-stage investments aligned with the theme of applying IT to food and agriculture. Rob previously worked at Swisscom Ventures, SK Telecom Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners and Nokia Venture Partners (now BlueRun Ventures). Prior to his days in venture capital, he worked at DIRECTV in LA and at a think-tank in DC, The Center for Strategic & International Studies. He also founded the non-profit Corporate Innovators Huddle and serves on the board of San Francisco-based engaged philanthropy organization, Full Circle Fund.
CEO, Hoaloha Robotics Tandy Trower has lead the creation, marketing, and deployment of a wide variety of software and hardware products for over 30 years. In 2010, he founded Hoaloha Robotics to develop autonomous, socially interactive robot companions for seniors and individuals who face the challenges that may come with disability and chronic disease, empowering them to live with greater independence and quality of life, and enabling them to continue to be active contributors in the lives of their families and community.
CEO, Soft Robotics Inc. Carl Vause is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Prior to Soft Robotics, Carl held a variety of senior positions in technology and medical device companies, most recently Vice President of Marketing at OmniGuide Surgical. Prior to joining OmniGuide, Carl held positions at Smith & Nephew, leading the Global Joint Repair business, with $500 million in annual revenues. Carl has also served as the Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning at 3M and held operational roles with Nestle Waters North America. Having served as a Naval Flight Officer with the United States Navy, Carl is an aerospace enthusiast; enjoying full-scale and radio control aviation, as well as high power model rocketry. He holds a M.B.A from London Business School and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.
Moderator, RoboGameChanger Startup Competition
As a Director of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, Powered By Techstars, Dr. Wang was involved in setting up and running the highly selective and intense 4 month program which helps robotics entrepreneurs build successful startup companies by providing lab and office space, business training, technical resources (including design, mfg connections and support), funding, and (most important of all) world-class mentorship. Previously, he worked variously in consumer electronics, manufacturing, and medtech, spanning Silicon Valley, Greater China, Mexico, and beyond, filling various capacities – from startup founder to VP of Business Development, and working in large and small companies. He also is an entrepreneurial ecosystem booster, having created one of San Diego’s first entrepreneurial coworking centers & incubators as well as helping to craft various international innovation-centric initiatives. He received a mix of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Biology, all from Stanford University, and integrated these fields of study for his PhD in Computational Neuroscience, (a blend of Neuroscience “reverse engineering the brain” and Artificial Intelligence) with research and study done at the Salk Institute and UCSD and has been published in the journal “Science” and is a member of various professional organizations. He is also a graduate of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s “Mayfield Fellowship Progam” for developing entrepreneurial leadership skills.
Senior Associate , SRI International Zak Weiler is a business development manger at SRI International one of world’s largest independent non-profit research institutes. There he identifies research with promising market potential and works with commercial partners to bring technology their customers through collaborative research, tech-transfer, or ventures. Past projects have been applied in a variety of industries including robotics, energy, and information technology. He holds a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in international relations from University of California, San Diego
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells US LLP Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor focusing on Innovation and Technology at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a leading policy advocate in the firm’s Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving and other global initiatives and innovative technologies. Gretchen has served the unmanned systems and drone industry over a decade and is an industry-leading advocate for commercial drones, innovation, entrepreneurship and robotics. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Gretchen was at San Francisco start-up DroneDeploy serving as the company’s Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs. Previously, for over a decade, Gretchen served as AUVSI’s Executive Vice President, overseeing AUVSI’s global business development initiatives, international growth strategy, marketing, government relations and advocacy efforts for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Gretchen and her team at AUVSI were at the forefront of advocating for the safe, timely and responsible integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. She also served as the AUVSI member on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) UAS Study Group, which was tasked with creating a roadmap for the global integration of UAS. Prior to joining AUVSI, Gretchen held various consulting positions at APCO Worldwide and Ernst & Young and worked for a variety of industry associations at Smith, Bucklin and Associates. Gretchen has been interviewed by over 75 print and TV media outlets including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. She has also testified before a congressional panel on issues related to unmanned systems, presented at congressional briefings and has presented keynote addresses and panel presentations at over 30 industry conferences and events across the globe. Gretchen currently is the National Advisory Board Chairperson for UAVUS (uavus.org) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Drone World Expo. Previously, she served on the advisory borads for Skyward, Nightingale Intelligent Systems and Aerobo. She was formerly a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and the Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (AWE). Gretchen has an MBA from the George Washington University and a BA in leadership studies from the University of Richmond.
Founder and CEO, Infinium Robotics Infinium Robotics has been researching into unique and innovative uses for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) over the past few years. Initially focusing on GPS-denied environments and multiple-UAV coordination technologies, Infinium Robotics has developed multiple patent-pending solutions in the UAS industry over the past few years. Junyang was sponsored for his tertiary education under the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship and holds a Master of Science from Stanford University, USA (M.Sc) and Bachelor of Science degree from University College London, UK (B.Sc).
Product Manager, Festo Corporation
Nuzha Yakoob is currently the Product Manager for the electromechanical, motion control and robotics products and solutions from Festo. A professional in motion control and mechatronics with over 18 years experience in the field of Industrial automation holding a degree in Electronics and Electrical engineering.
Nuzha is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET – UK) and the Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) chapter of the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (MIEEE-USA) Nuzha’s expertise ranges from system design, programming and system implementation to project management of systems involving motion control, mechatronic systems, Servopneumatics,
Chief Medical Officer, Cue Brad Younggren is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Cue, and serves as the Senior Medical Advisor for Shift Labs. He also serves as the medical mentor for Highway1 hardware accelerator. Brad is an emergency physician, physician administrator, and entrepreneur in the digital health space. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Shift Labs, a company developing medical devices for the global health market. He is a medical futurist, and is passionate about the Internet of Medical Things. Brad spent over a decade in the U.S. Army, and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Combat Medic Badge. Brad is a believer that both software, hardware, and robotics will catalyze the digital health revolution, to increase access, improve care, empower patients, and lower costs.
Technology Evangelist, Asimov Ventures Tyler joined the MecklerMedia team in 2013 as Event Consultant for Inside 3D Printing. His first experience with rapid prototyping came in 2008 when he built a RepRap Darwin, the first DIY 3D printer, from scratch: building the electronics by hand and sourcing the mechanical parts online. Since then, he has visited and learned from the leading practitioners of additive manufacturing in nearly 10 countries. As a 3D printing evangelist, Tyler works with forward-looking manufacturers, retailers, startups and government. Tyler studied Applied Mathematics & Economics at Brown University and currently resides in whichever city is next on the Inside 3D Printing World Tour.
Executive Director of RoboUniverse Global Events Richard Erb brings more than 15 years of experience organizing trade shows in the telecom, information technology and robotics industries. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from Colby College, he earned his MS in Business Management from Lesley University. Currently, Richard is Executive Director of RoboUniverse Conference & Exposition global series, a division of MecklerMedia. Previously, as General Manager of Robotics Trends Media Group and RoboBusiness, Erb lead efforts to grow RoboBusiness into an international trade show, growing the event 400% in size and revenue from 2011 to 2014. As Vice President of International Events for Pulvermedia, Inc., Richard led efforts to launch VON (Voice on the Net) events in Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan and China. In his current position with RoboUniverse, Richard is a catalyst for building community and introducing RoboUniverse events as end user focused open format world-class robotics business, technology and applications-focused trade shows.
Director of Content, MecklerMedia Stewart joined the MecklerMedia team in 2010 and currently curates the Inside 3D Printing and Inside Bitcoins conferences. Previously, he played a leadership role in running the Search Engine Strategies (SES) trade shows as part of the content team at Incisive Media. Prior to that, Stewart worked with Jupitermedia and was responsible for launching emerging technology events such as Nanotech Planet, Plug.IN, Game Market Watch, Enterprise Linux Forum, and Digital Rights Management (DRM) Strategies. Stewart has worked closely on events with a diverse range of non-profits and associations including the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), IT Service Management Forum (itSMF), Object Management Group (OMG), Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), International Game Developers Association (IGDA), 3D Printing Association, and the Bitcoin Association.
Conference Chairman, RoboUniverse Francis Rabuck is a Technology Research Analyst with a 30 year career of contributions to the industry as a consultant, thought leader and internationally recognized expert in emerging technologies in the Mobile/Wireless, RFID/Sensors/IoT, Social Media/Collaboration and Curation and Sustainability Indexes. He is a frequent speaker/writer, advisor and judge at major technology industry events. Fran has a history of delivering leading edge research, trend tracking and innovative business solutions in various roles including: Director of Technology Research for Bentley Systems, Mobile Practice Leader at Alliance Consulting, Director –Manager of Applied Research for Towers Watson and entrepreneurial roles within multiple start-up companies. Fran is a member of the Global Advisory Council for the World Future Society (www.wfs.org ) and one of the 100+ Experts driving future predictions through forecasting with Techcast.org. In 2006 he was awarded the first FIATECH STAR Award in recognition of his contribution for the innovative use of technology in the construction industry. Fran also worked with the Construction Industry Institute on their Breakthrough Strategy Committee. He is a long time member of the eWeek Corporate Partner Advisory Board, and past member of the Academic Advisory Council at Drexel University. Fran is also the co-author of the book – RFID for Materials Management and Productivity Improvement. Fran became involved in 3D printing 8 years ago and shortly after that became interested in applications and STEM efforts for Robotics. Today he clearly sees the crossover of these technologies to create a new 3D Techtronic Era.