Modar Alaoui
Modar Alaoui

Founder and CEO

Eyeris

Modar is a tech entrepreneur and expert in Artificially Intelligent vision technologies, Deep Learning and Ambient Intelligence. He is currently founder and CEO at Eyeris, the worldwide leading Deep Learning-based emotion recognition software. The company’s flagship product EmoVu reads facial micro-expressions in real-time and uses Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN's) as a Deep Learning architecture to train and deploy its algorithm into a myriad of today’s commercial applications. Modar combines a decade of experience between Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and Audience Behavior Measurement. He is a frequent speaker and keynoter on “Ambient Intelligence” as the next frontier in AI, a winner of several technology and innovation awards and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg and many other major publications for his work.

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Brian Antle
Brian Antle

Vice President

Harvest for Tanimura & Antle

Brian Antle, is current Vice President of Harvest for Tanimura & Antle where he oversees the harvest of 35,000+ acres per year with a work force of 1500-2000 seasonal employees across 2 states and 4 growing regions. As a 4th generation farmer in California Brian first started working on the ranch at age 14 moving irrigation pipes for the Tanimura brothers on their local ranches. Over the years he has worked in all aspects of the family business; however he was always attracted to the harvest operations and eventually settled there. In this role he has worked to innovate and design harvest equipment to not only be more efficient but also to provide a better working environment for employees. Brian gives back to the industry by serving as a board member of United Fresh, the Grower Shipper Association of the Central Coast, the Monterey County Farm Bureau, and Monterey County Agricultural Education. He most recently served as a member of United’s Grower Shipper Board, is an alumnus of United’s Produce Executive Development Program at Cornell University and is part of Western Growers Future Volunteer Leaders Program. In 2015, Brian received the Forbes Impact Award in Innovation at the AgTech Summit for the companies PlantTape technology. He received a degree in agricultural business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2006.

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Darryl Anunciado
Darryl Anunciado

CEO

Action Drone Inc.

Darryl Anunciado is the CEO of Action Drone Inc., an American drone manufacturer in San Diego, California. Darryl’s devotion for aerial remote control devices and entrepreneurship, drove him to launch Action Drone Inc., backed with an MBA and BA in Psychology Industrial Organization. Alongside the AD team of engineers, technicians, and business developers, it has become a fulfilling passion for AD to help others advance in the job market while investing back into youth community projects and training programs. One thing to remember Darryl by, he genuinely shares that "the Drone industry isn't about drones. It's about the people using the drones."

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Ryan Armbrust
Ryan Armbrust

Managing Director

ff Venture Capital

Ryan Armbrust is a Managing Director at ff Venture Capital. In this role he focuses on investment opportunities across a range of emerging industries, including UAVs, machine learning, and broader consumer technologies. Ryan has experience providing targeted growth guidance to ffVC investments including Plated, GoSkip, Wade & Wendy, and Top Flight Technologies. Prior to joining ffVC, Ryan spent seven years at Columbia Technology Ventures, where he commercialized the early-stage technology developed within the research labs of Columbia University. Working with inventors and technologies in areas from computer science and machine learning to architecture and 3D printing, Columbia is where he developed an aptitude for approaching investment decisions through an academic, analytical lens. Ryan continues to broaden his relationships with the communities of Columbia University and greater New York City, having served on the board of the Columbia Venture Community. Ryan holds a B.A. in American Studies from Columbia University.

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David Askey
David Askey

Co-Founder and CEO

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 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.

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Bruce Bigelow
Bruce Bigelow

San Diego Editor

Xconomy

Bruce V. Bigelow is an experienced journalist with broad responsibilities and flexibility in writing about business and innovation in San Diego. He has wide-ranging interests in the life sciences and high-tech innovation, new ventures, entrepreneurship, cybercrime, corporate governance, law, and related topical issues. He is currently the San Diego Editor for Xconomy, an online media company focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the startup ventures that make up the exponential economy (hence "Xconomy"). Xconomy operates websites in 11 U.S. cities renowned for their respective technology clusters. As San Diego Editor, he also is responsible for bringing San Diego's stories and innovation leaders to the stage at Xconomy forums in San Diego and at regional conferences like the Xconomy Napa Summit. Bruce joined Xconomy in 2008 from the San Diego Union-Tribune, where he spent 18 years covering business, technology, science and other subjects in the San Diego region. He shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, awarded to The San Diego Union-Tribune for uncovering and detailing the Rep. Duke Cunningham bribery scandal. He also has received national journalism awards for stories about the defense contractor Titan Corp., whose employees sustained the highest casualty rate in Iraq (2006); a profile of securities class-action lawyer Bill Lerach (2000), and "The Toymaker," (1997), a 14-part chronicle of a startup. He also followed the corporate financial fraud at San Diego's Peregrine Systems from 2002-2008.

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Matthew Borzage
Matthew Borzage

Co-Founder

SynTouch LLC

Matt is a co-founder of SynTouch, which makes the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots with the ability to replicate - and sometimes exceed - the human sense of touch. Its lead product - the BioTac - mimics the physical properties and sensory capabilities of the human fingertip. As head of Business Development, Matt enjoys speaking with global leaders in robotics to discuss how biomimetic sensing can enable key applications in industrial, medical, agricultural and military applications.

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Martin Buehler
Martin Buehler

Executive R&D Imagineer

Walt Disney Imagineering

Dr. Buehler an Executive R&D Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he leads their robotics and A.I. developments. His passion is to translate new technologies into transformative new systems and capabilities that improve many people’s lives. After an academic career in robotics at McGill University from 1991 to 2003, he has since worked on robotics in industry at several companies, advancing consumer, defense, surgical, logistics and entertainment robotics. Dr. Buehler is best known for breakthroughs in legged robots like BigDog and RHex. He holds several patents, served on the editorial boards of the top three robotics journals, is an IEEE Fellow and holds the prestigious Robotics Industry association’s Engelberger Award for Technology.

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Gert Cauwenberghs
Gert Cauwenberghs

Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation

University of California San Diego

Gert Cauwenberghs is Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1994, and was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and Visiting Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT. His research focuses on neuromorphic engineering, adaptive intelligent systems, neuron-silicon and brain-machine interfaces, and micropower biomedical instrumentation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and was a Francqui Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He previously received NSF CAREER, ONR Young Investigator Program and White House PECASE awards. He served IEEE in a variety of roles including currently as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems

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Ellen Chang
Ellen Chang

Managing Partner

LightSpeed Innovations

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 company selection and program execution. LightSpeed Innovations a business accelerator for aerospace start-ups who’s goal is to source, mentor, and invest in aerospace related startups, all the while building up the capacity of the aerospace entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check out LightSpeed Innovation’s portfolio here: www.lightspeedic.com. 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 programs that culminated with a position where the charter was to anticipate and develop products 5-10 years in the future. Concepts covered the air and space domains and how to meld the two. 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 innovation-ventures focused Wharton Aerospace Ventures conference at Wharton San Francisco.

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Gary Chang
Gary Chang

Co-founder and CEO

San Draw

Gary Chang is the co-founder and CEO of San Draw. Gary believes 3D printing can change how products are manufactured and circulated in this post globalization world. He endeavors to develop next generation 3D printing technology that can bridge prototyping and production, and it leads to the birth of San Draw, a silicone 3D printing technology company for the medical industry, including education, simulation, and surgery. He holds MS in Materials Engineering from Stanford University and BS of Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Other than 3D printing, Gary is pursuing a career coaching during his leisure time.

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Henrik Christensen
Henrik Christensen

Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

UC San Diego

Dr. Henrik I. Christensen is a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego. He is the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Prior to UC San Diego he was the founding director of Institute for Robotics and Intelligent machines (IRIM) at Georgia Institute of Technology (2006-2016). Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. He has published more than 350 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on "real problems with real solutions". He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). Dr. Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the "Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011". Dr. Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His research has been featured in major media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC.

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Aleksander Ciszek
Aleksander Ciszek

Founder

3YOURMIND

Aleksander Ciszek is the co-founder of 3YOURMIND, the leading software solutions provider for 3D printing. He completed his Masters of Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics, and build up an International eCommerce business by the end of 2012. Since 2013, after founding 3YOURMIND he has been working with leading European manufacturing and engineering companies by integrating additive manufacturing into their production processes or adapting and optimizing their 3D Printing workflows. Aleksander has been involved in managing all external investments into the company including a significant investment from EOS.

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Ian Clampett
Ian Clampett

Director of Policy

City of San Diego

Ian is the Deputy Chief of Staff/Policy Director to Councilmember Chris Cate, and is Director of Policy for the City of San Diego. In this position, he crafts policy initiatives to advance the councilmember’s goals and priorities, advises the councilmember on issues pertaining to economic development, land use, budget policy, water, intergovernmental relations, and the environment, and staffs the councilmember on the Budget, Environment, and Economic Development Committees. Ian is passionate about innovation in San Diego and is always exploring how the City can assist and support the business community. Ian attended the University of San Diego.

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Olivier Coenen
Olivier Coenen

CTO and Founder

Qelzal

Dr. Olivier Coenen (Ph.D.) is the CTO and founder of Qelzal, which develops patent-pending intelligent and unique Aircraft and Obstacle Avoidance Systems for commercial drones. Qelzal leverages deep academic roots and strong professional expertise in natural vision systems, deep learning, machine learning and brain research applied to robotics to keep drones and aircraft safe. Qelzal was awarded a DARPA Fast Optical Guidance & Navigation contract to develop specialized autonomous navigation algorithms and implementations on drone platforms. Olivier is an early pioneer applying brain-inspired processing and modeling to robotic and autonomous systems. Before establishing Qelzal, Olivier was the CEO at Inventiva, Inc., a startup focus on a visual system for hand gesture recognition. Earlier at Brain Corporation, Olivier developed neural network “models of the motor control system” and designed “artificial nervous systems for [unmanned aerial systems] UAS” on another DARPA project. His work directly contributed to closing a Series B round of funding with Qualcomm Ventures and generated tens of patents submitted to the United States and foreign patent offices. Olivier established and directed the Neuroscience Group at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory where his team developed technologies in signal processing, machine learning, and robotic control inspired from brain processing. He created and was the lead scientific coordinator on 6 funding grants, of which 2 major projects totaling over $12 million and received 16 academic awards and fellowships. Olivier is active in the entrepreneurship community. He participated in the Founder Institute in San Francisco and was one of the few to graduate. He also joined Plug and Play in Silicon Valley after being one of the 19 companies selected among almost a thousand. Further information on Olivier’s background and experience can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/olivierjmdcoenen, and a listing of a few of his publications can be reviewed on ResearchGate at http://goo.gl/hEZKMz.

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Mark Connot
Mark Connot

Office Managing Partner

Fox Rothschild

Mark is the Office Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild's Las Vegas Office and chair of the Firm’s UAS/Drones Practice Group. Mark has a broad-based litigation practice in federal and state courts focusing on complex commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and technological issues. He has a lengthy background dealing with all manner of technological issues and has a keen interest in the evolving drone industry. He also has written extensively and authors a blog and on legal issues affecting drones.

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Paul Cutsinger
Paul Cutsinger

Paul Cutsinger with Amazon Alexa, works with developers to design and develop voice based user experiences. Paul regularly speaks to developers at conferences and hackathons. He leads the global Hackathon and Alexa Evangelism team at Amazon. Follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Twitch @PaulCutsinger.

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Seana Day
Seana Day

Partner

Better Food Ventures and the Mixing Bowl Hub

Seana brings over 12 years of investment, M&A advisory and technology experience to Better Food Ventures and the Mixing Bowl Hub. Most recently, her roles in the food and ag landscape include Director of Strategy and Business Development at AgTech Insight, Fish 2.0 Associate and Managing Director at Centerra Capital providing Agribusiness investment advisory. Prior to her involvement in food and ag, Seana was a technology investment banker at AGC Partners in London, Ridgecrest Capital Partners in the Bay Area and Headwaters MB in Denver. Her background also includes Head of Restructuring and Operations at Versata Enterprises. She is now based in her hometown of Turlock, the heart of California’s ag-land.

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Jeff Debrosse
Jeff Debrosse

Founder and CTO

NXT Robotics

Jeff Debrosse is the Founder and CTO of NXT Robotics. Prior to founding his latest company Jeff has held leadership positions at Websense (now known as ForcePoint), as well as ESET, OPSWAT, Ntrepid Corp and Tarari. Jeff has a history of leading disruptive innovation through highly functional teams. Jeff has had the pleasure of creating and deploying autonomous solutions from embedded platforms up to large enterprise platforms as both physical and softwarebased solutions. Jeff has also worked on government projects for organizations that ranged from DARPA to associated intelligence agencies. Most of his work in the last 10 years has been focused on cybersecurity, robotics, machine learning, AI, computational linguistics and large scale data storage and analytics platforms. In the last 10 years Jeff has been involved in a series of product and service launches as well as startups and acquisitions.

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Nathan Dorn
Nathan Dorn

CEO & Co-Founder

Food Origins

Nathan Dorn is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Food Origins – a startup focused on precision data collection and analytic services for hand harvested produce. Dorn was previously Director of Knowledge and Innovation for Reiter Affiliated Companies administrating worldwide organizational mechanization programs for fresh berry harvest and non-harvest activities with hundreds of internal clients in 7 districts of 2 countries. Nathan has also worked as the technical manager for Gallo Family Vineyards and was an operations and maintenance engineer for Pepsi Bottling Group. Dorn began his career as a US Navy nuclear mechanic for the submarine fleet. Dorn received his EMBA from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business Management and his BA from University of Phoenix.

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Shahin Farshchi
Shahin Farshchi

Partner

Lux Capital

Shahin empowers entrepreneurs aiming to accelerate humanity towards a fantastic future through feats of engineering. His recent investments at Lux Capital include Nervana, the deep learning company recently acquired by Intel; Planet Labs, which is launching the world's largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites; Plethora, which is rolling out a fleet of robotic machine shops; Flex Logix, making chips that can reprogram themselves; and Zoox, what comes after the automobile.

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Stuart Feffer
Stuart Feffer

Co-Founder and CEO

Reality Analytics Inc.

Stuart is co-founder and CEO of Reality Analytics Inc, a company using advanced, proprietary artificial intelligence techniques to detect real-world features and events in sensor data. Reality Analytics offers products for analyzing sensor inputs, including acceleration, vibration, sound, image, AC power, and RF signals. Reality Analytics recently released Reality AI for IoT™. Reality AI for IoT™ is a machine learning tool that creates signal classifiers and detectors – executable code that receives incoming observations and determines what has occurred in the real world so that a device or software app can take action. Results can be in the form of yes/no determinations, type classifications, or predictions/estimates of quantitative measures. The technology behind Reality Analytics was originally developed for the defense and intelligence sector, but is now available for commercial use. Reality Analytics holds 7 patents, and has 7 patents pending, all in the field of machine learning as applied to sensors and signals. Stuart was previously CEO of LaCrosse, a technology and operations platform for investment funds that was acquired by Wells Fargo. He has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of Chicago.

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Lea Freeman
Lea Freeman

Senior Associate

Qualcomm Ventures

Lea serves as a Senior Associate with Qualcomm Ventures and primarily assists in financial modelling, due diligence and tracking analysis for prospective and current investments in connected hardware, AI, and healthcare. In addition, Lea supports the Qualcomm Life Fund and serves as a Senior Associate for dRx Capital, QCV’s joint investment company with Novartis. Prior to joining QCV, Lea spent 3 years on the dark side in investment banking. Lea holds a B.A. from Boston College and sits on the board of Accion San Diego.

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Curtis Garner
Curtis Garner

Agriculture Commercial Director

Morning Star Packing Company

Curtis Garner is the commercial director of the agriculture division for Morning Star Packing Company operating in the Central Valley of California. Morning Star Packing Company is the world’s largest producer of tomato products and services. Mr. Garner has responsibilities for R&D and innovation in the areas of Processing Tomato Transplanting and Harvesting. A key value of Morning Star is to develop and innovate significant, creative technological advances in tomato production methods.

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Dino Giacomazzi
Dino Giacomazzi

CEO

Giacomazzi Dairy Farms

Dino Giacomazzi is the 4th generation to manage his family’s dairy farm founded in 1893. The operation consists of 1000 milking cows, 600 acres of corn, wheat & Alfalfa, and 400 acres of Almonds. Dino has managed his family farm since 2002. Prior to that he had a thirteen year career in the music and internet industries where he managed rock bands and developed online applications for internet startups and Fortune 1000 companies. He is a promoter of sustainable dairy and farming practices and was the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award recipient for California. Dino is a dairy activist, social media advocate and technology coach. His personal blog which states he is “saving the world one cow pie at a time” can be found at www.dinogiacomazzi.com.

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Henry Giclas
Henry Giclas

Senior Vice President Science & Technology, Strategic Planning

Western Growers

Henry L. (Hank) Giclas has worked for Western Growers since 1990. He began his career in the Phoenix office as the Director of Public Affairs where he was responsible for implementing Western Growers’ government affairs and public relations agendas in Arizona. While serving in Arizona, Hank developed an expertise in agricultural chemical and environmental issues and led Western Growers to becoming more actively engaged in the science and technical aspects of agriculture and agricultural policy in California and Arizona. This science and technology focus allowed the association to take on managerial responsibilities for the Certified Crop Advisor programs in California and for the Arizona Crop Protection Association. Hank’s focus has helped Western Growers become a leading trade association in many of the issues related to the production and harvest of specialty crops in Arizona and California. Hank was promoted to Vice-President of Science and Government Affairs and moved to Sacramento California where he oversaw Western Growers legislative and regulatory advocacy programs, political action efforts, technical and registration projects as well as the management of various local trade associations.

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Kathleen Grave
Kathleen Grave

Excecutive

IBM

As an executive at IBM, Kathleen spends her time making a meaningful impact increasing client success in partnership with IBM transforming industries and delivering cognitive solutions to global clients. Kathleen's leadership roles have been in the key areas of IBM's most strategic growth businesses including Cognitive Computing, Cloud, and Analytics where her focus has been to define global strategies and mobilize new channels and ecosystems to market. Kathleen recently moved to join the leadership team as Global Director at The Weather Company, a newly acquired IBM business. In an earlier role, she established the first IBM Watson Strategic Alliances as the first IBM Worldwide Sales Leader for Watson where she brought commercialized healthcare offerings of IBM's famous Watson cognitive technology into the global marketplace. Kathleen applies her expertise to identify new business opportunities for IBM and forge strategic alliances with multiple stakeholder groups under IBM’s smarter planet initiatives. She links business goals and technology advancements to transform healthcare, financial and other industries using the insights of analytics and applied cognitive science. In parallel, Kathleen has been part of Silicon Valley’s startup environment for the duration of her career where she serves as Board Advisor to several start-ups. She is a passionate supporter of California innovations, emerging technology initiatives and sustainability best practices and dedicates her time developing business opportunity for California commerce in Europe and Asia as Co-founder and President of EI Consulting Group. Kathleen shares her time in academia as Professor of Strategy, at Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, educating and mentoring future public and private sector leaders. She completed her doctorate at University of Liverpool, UK, where her research focus was integrative, sustainable Smart Cities.

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Charles Grinnell
Charles Grinnell

Chief Executive Officer

Harvest Automation, Inc.

Charles founded Harvest Automation in Boston, MA with a group of robotic innovators and a goal of solving critical challenges in industrial applications starting with Agriculture. Harvest released their first product in 2013: a new breed of small mobile robots that work alongside humans solving critical labor issues in the $15B Ornamental Horticulture industry. The robots also help growers reduce production inputs and environmental impact while increasing plant quality. Now Harvest is adapting their technologies to commercial vegetable and fruit production that is experiencing intense labor, land, cost, and environmental pressures. Before founding Harvest Charles served as GM at DEKA R&D, creators of a wide range of medical and industrial products. Prior to DEKA Charles founded a consulting company at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland developing specialized instrumentation for high-energy physics.

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Amrith Gunasekara Dr.
Amrith Gunasekara Dr.

Science Advisor to Secretary Karen Ross

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

Dr. Amrith, Ami, Gunasekara is Science Advisor to Secretary Karen Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). He also managers the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation. This office houses several technology-based incentive programs including the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Ami and his team provide scientific expertise to inform policies including work on climate change mitigation and adaptation and identifying solutions to environmental issues around pesticide use, nutrients, water conservation and dairy manure management. He has being in his current position since 2011. Ami received his PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis.

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Kirk Haney
Kirk Haney

CEO and Managing Partner

Radicle Growth

Kirk Haney is the CEO and Managing Partner of Radicle Growth, a $15M accelerator fund focused on transforming the speed of innovation in agriculture. Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle secured top tier financial and corporate investors including Finistere Ventures, a $150M agtech fund, OurCrowd, Bayer Crop Science and DuPont Pioneer. Radicle is partnering with great entrepreneurs to bring disruptive innovation to market while leveraging the platform’s global network to accelerate the development of the new technologies. Previously, Kirk served as President and CEO of SGB, an agricultural biotechnology company, from 2007 to 2014. Under Kirk’s leadership, SGB became a leader in the development of new crops for industrial, energy and food markets. The company raised $40M from institutional and corporate investors including Finistere Ventures, Life Technologies, a leader in next-gen genomics, TMP, a life science venture fund and FHR, the 5th largest ethanol refiner in the US. The company pioneered the use of genomics to rapidly develop new crops and was able to launch its first product in just 3 years. The company secured marquee customers in three international markets and $65M in project financing for company sponsored projects. Prior to SGB, Kirk was the Chairman and President of Green Millennium, one of the largest sustainable forestry projects in Latin America with more than 50,000 acres under management. Kirk raised more than $120M in venture and private equity to develop, plant and manage sustainable reforestation programs in Central America. Kirk led the recapitalization and turn-around of the enterprise in 2005. With the turn-around completed two years later, a majority share of the company was sold to a $3 billion private equity firm.

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Dan Harburg
Dan Harburg

Director of Business Development

Soft Robotics Inc.

Dan Harburg is the director of business development at Soft Robotics Inc., a venture-backed startup company developing a revolutionary soft end-of-arm tool that is enabling automation in highly labor-intensive areas of the food/agriculture industry. He has lead the initial deployment of Soft Robotics technology in mushroom, berry, lettuce, and tomato processing facilities, among many others. Dan was previously an entrepreneur-in-residence at North Bridge Venture Partners, working with scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Illinois to commercialize technologies at the intersection of materials, medicine, and advanced manufacturing. He completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Dartmouth and was one of Dartmouth's first Innovation Fellows.

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Eugene Izhikevich
Eugene Izhikevich

CEO

Brain Corporation

Known for his pioneering work in computer modeling of the brain, Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich heads product and technology development at Brain Corporation. Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich is a computational neuroscientist known for his contributions to the theory of spiking networks. He pioneered a novel approach to spiking neurons that combines biological plausibility with efficient implementation. In 2005, he implemented the largest thalamo-cortical model, simulating the same number of neurons and synapses as the human brain. Dr. Izhikevich founded Brain Corporation to build a biologically detailed model of the mammalian brain to enable a new generation of robotic devices that can learn. Dr. Izhikevich has authored many peer-reviewed journal publications and two textbooks in computational neuroscience. He is the founder of Scholarpedia and the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience and the Encyclopedia of Dynamical Systems. Dr. Izhikevich graduated from Moscow State University with an MS in Applied Mathematics and from Michigan State University with a PhD in Pure Mathematics. He was a Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego until 2009. For more on Dr. Izhikevich, visit his academic webpage, izhikevich.org.

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Audrey Jacobs
Audrey Jacobs

Partner

OurCrowd

Audrey Jacobs is a founding partner at OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform. Based in Israel, OurCrowd allows individual accredited investors worldwide to identify, research and invest in leading startups in Israel and around the world. Audrey oversees the Americas activities, building the investor community and leverages the investors' network to develop the OurCrowd portfolio companies.

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Steven Jones
Steven Jones

CEO

Jones Inclusive

Nationally known as one of "America's Top Experts on Diversity" (Diversity, Inc., 2005), Dr. Jones’ philosophy is to lead with listening to support clients in finding a strategy and solution that works for them. Dr. Jones has been heralded as a dynamic keynote speaker, transformational facilitator, phenomenal organization effectiveness consultant, and innovative executive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a master’s in Multicultural Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is the author of Journey to Excellence, a transformational book helping people define and achieve excellence in their lives. Dr. Jones founded Jones & Associates in 1993 in order to build a firm committed to making a widespread positive impact in the world in the area of diversity, inclusion, and organizational excellence. The company's team of certified Jones & Associates consultants provide diversity, inclusion, organizational change and organizational development services to corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Dr. Jones is sought after by leaders seeking to make real change as they prepare their organizations to step into the 21st Century. He brings over 22 years experience helping individuals and institutions throughout the country move beyond talk to action.

Robert Kay
Robert Kay

CEO

Elite Robotics

CEO of Elite Robotics. Executive experience at entrepreneurial business, management and detailed execution of high tech product development and consulting services. Operated a product development consultancy for many years that provided design and manufacturing services to medical, industrial and commercial markets. Developed strong skill sets in business management and detailed execution of multi-disciplined projects. Bob holds 8 patents ranging in technology from 3D vision systems, robotic control systems, pico-liter dispensing to diagnostic electrodes just to name a few.

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Homayoon Kazerooni
Homayoon Kazerooni

Founder

suitX

Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni is the founder of suitX, the Berkeley, California-based robotics company which designs and manufactures medical and industrial exoskeletons. Dr. Kazerooni is also a UC Berkeley professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. suitX was founded in 2013 and earlier this year was awarded the $1M top prize in the UAE Robotics for Good competition for its proposed pediatric exoskeleton for children with neurologic disorders. Dr. Kazerooni is a leading expert in robotics, control sciences, exoskeletons, human-machine systems and augmentation, bioengineering, mechatronics design, intelligent assist devices, and power and propulsion. With more than 30 years’ of mechanical engineering experience, he holds more than 50 patents and earned his Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Kazerooni also founded the exoskeleton company Ekso Bionics in 2005 and led the development of numerous other exoskeleton projects, including HULC which is used for military applications.

Homayoon Kazerooni is speaker of the following session:

    Gareth Keane
    Gareth Keane

    Senior Investment Manager

    Qualcomm Ventures

    Gareth joined the team in 2012 and has been heavily involved in Qualcomm Ventures activities in the hardware and connected device ecosystems. He helped define the Qualcomm Ventures investment thesis around UAVs and robotics, and led the Qualcomm Ventures investments in companies like 3D Robotics and Spire. Gareth started his professional career as an engineer, and spent many years in engineering roles before turning to the darkside. He graduated from the National University of Ireland with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 1994, and followed this up with a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast in 1999, where his thesis focused on low-power design methodologies for signal processing systems. His first job out of graduate school was working on complex semiconductor design tools for Cadence, and he continued working on methodologies and design flows as an engineer and manager at PMC-Sierra. After eight years solving technology challenges in successively smaller silicon geometries he decided it was time for Business School and spent two years in the MBA program at UPenn/Wharton in Philadelphia, graduating in 2010.

    Gareth Keane is speaker of the following session:

    Adam Kell
    Adam Kell

    Investment Partner

    Comet Labs

    Adam is a product guy. He is an investment partner at Comet Labs, a cross between a venture fund and experimental research lab that focuses on AI and robotics. Adam previously co-founded a consumer electronics company, which designs, manufactures, and sells mobile phone accessories. He has spent time living in China and working in a production environment. He spent 2 years as the hardware lead at the StartX accelerator program. Adam's background is designing capital equipment and processes for the semiconductor industry, including many semi-automated solar cell manufacturing pilot tools. Adam studied Product Design and Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Materials Science Engineering at Stanford University. He is a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 in energy and industry.

    Adam Kell is speaker of the following session:

    George Kellerman
    George Kellerman

    Founding Member

    Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley

    George Kellerman is a founding member of Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley where he serves as Chief Operating Officer & General Partner, and his primary area of focus is robotics and automation in agriculture. Prior to joining YMVSV George was a Managing Partner at 500 Startups where he oversaw finance, legal, and investor relations for a portfolio of over 750 companies and $120M in assets, and before becoming an early stage investor George served as a senior executive at companies such as Dell Japan, Experian Interactive, Yahoo Japan Corporation, and Yahoo! George earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He also served as a Combat Medic in the US Army Reserves and as a Firefighter & Rescue Crew Chief in the US Air Force.

    George Kellerman is speaker of the following session:

    Ed Leon Klinger
    Ed Leon Klinger

    CEO

    Flock

    Ed is the CEO of Flock a London-based Artificial Intelligence startup that uses Big Data to safely guide drones through cities (recently featured in TechCrunch, Mashable, Evening Standard, The Guardian, amongst others). They're building a deep-tech analytics platform that sits inside a network of hardware manufacturers, traffic management software, insurance products and a rapidly evolving regulatory environment. He has been fortunate enough to meet and chat with thought leaders such as Elon Musk and Eric Schmidt, present on stage with world experts in Artificial Intelligence, and travel the world with a range of phenomenal organisations. Ed regularly speaks at events about drones, Big Data, smart mobility, the future of cities, disruptive technologies, and other such delights. He graduated from Cambridge University with Distinction (Highest Honours) in M.Phil Technology Policy (Judge Business School), where he was the Software Director for the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE), and published multiple papers for leading think-tanks (see below). Ed is a friendly and enthusiastic speaker, often doing on-stage demos of new tech that we’re developing, taking Q&As, and sticking behind afterward to speak with the audience in a personal capacity. This stuff is his life - and he absolutely loves it!

    Information about Ed Leon Klinger's session will follow soon.

    Arama Kukutai
    Arama Kukutai

    Co-founder and Partner

    Finistere Ventures

    Arama Kukutai is a co-founder and Partner at Finistere Ventures a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sectors founded in 2005. Mr. Kukutai has been a company founder and entrepreneur in the Agribusiness sector with over 20 years experience. He served as Executive Chairman of PKW Farms, a successful agribusiness and diversified investment entity involved in dairy farming and aquaculture activities in New Zealand, Asia and Australia. Arama also led the New Zealand government’s Trade & Investment agency in North America, and had a successful career in corporate banking prior to emigrating to the USA. Finistere announced the closing of their latest venture Fund in 2015. Mr. Kukutai serves on the boards of current portfolio companies. CropX & Zeakal. Mr. Kukutai is an active member of the Agtech community helping create Ag Tech Week, the industry’s leading event in the Agtec sector.

    Information about Arama Kukutai's session will follow soon.

    Patryk Laurent
    Patryk Laurent

    Director of Engineering (AI)

    LeEco US

    Dr. Patryk Laurent specializes in solving problems in perception, learning, and artificial intelligence for autonomous systems. At LeEco US, he directs work applying AI technologies towards an emerging ecosystem of consumer devices. Prior to joining LeEco US, Patryk worked at Brain Corporation, where he and his team developed novel solutions for improving robotic learning and perception in general environments. Dr. Laurent has published scientific articles on reinforcement learning, recurrent neural networks, and human behavior and brain activity. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and a bachelor's in Cognitive Science and Mathematics from the University of Virginia.

    Patryk Laurent is speaker of the following session:

    Jeff Lee
    Jeff Lee

    Principal

    DCM Ventures

    Jeff brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial, venture capital, and product development experience to DCM Ventures. At the firm, he focuses on opportunities in the small business ecosystem, marketplaces, consumer services, and the disruption of large, traditional industries such as financial services. Most recently, Jeff founded Cost Cooperative, a member-based buying group for small businesses, which exited to TriNet (TNET). Prior, he opened the Los Angeles office for Mission Ventures, a venture firm focused on early stage technology companies in the Southern California ecosystem. As an engineer, Jeff pioneered cutting-edge DSL technologies and developed new product lines at Cisco. Jeff received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

    Yinyin Liu
    Yinyin Liu

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Nervana

    Yinyin has worked on applying computational neuroscience and machine learning to solve problems including image recognition, reinforcement learning, and robotics. She currently work on deep learning platform and data science at Nervana.

    Yinyin Liu is speaker of the following session:

    Phil Mann
    Phil Mann

    Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President Commercial Sales

    Mr. Mann is CMO and VP Commercial Sales at 5D Robotics and joined the team in 2015. He brings a wealth of global and high technology business experience to the team. Mr. Mann is leading our charge into Industrial, Mapping & Inspection, and Automotive markets. Previously, Mr. Mann served as General Manager for Microsemi's Systems and Software Division for Timing Solutions where he managed the full P&L and all functions from sales, marketing, engineering, and operations. Microsemi acquired Symmetricom in 2013 for a 50% premium, and has served Symmetricom in many positions including VP Global Sales & Business Development, VP of Marketing and of VP Products. Mr. Mann has lived and worked in London, Munich, and Hong Kong driving businesses to grow across many market verticals and geographies. During his tenure has brought to market many new solutions in precise timing, broadband, video monitoring to Fortune 1000 companies and many OEM's such as Samsung, Ericsson, and Ford. He began his career as a Senior Engineer at Bell Northern Research in Ottawa. Phil holds a BSc. from Queen's University at Kingston in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Justin Marks
    Justin Marks

    CEO

    Justin Marks, CDT is the CEO of Arfona LLC, a dental 3D printing company. An accomplished dental technician, educator and lab owner, Justin has lectured and taught courses in more than 40 countries. He is a pioneer in the field of digital dentures and since 2008 has dedicated most of his career to applying computer aided design and 3D printing technologies to removable prosthodontics. He is the inventor of the r.Pod® desktop printer, the first 3D printer capable of printing thermoplastic dental materials.

    Justin Marks is speaker of the following session:

    May Martin-Kuo
    May Martin-Kuo

    Senior Director

    Kneron

    Dr. May Martin-Kuo specializes in performance/power optimizations multimedia system architecture design. She is currently a Senior Director at Kneron, an International Deep Learning Startup offering customizable software SDKs and reconfigurable hardware IPs to enable I2OT (Intelligent Internet of Things). Kneron’s vision is to make the benefits of deep learning accessible to everyone. Kneron offers optimized neural networks as SDKs to their partners based on their specific needs and datasets. Current products on the market are image/video-based solutions enabling smart surveillance, smart multimedia database management, and ADAS. In the near future, Kneron plans to expand their service to include not only computer vision but also various domains and industries.

    May Martin-Kuo is speaker of the following session:

    Kate McAndrew
    Kate McAndrew

    Investment

    Bolt

    Kate McAndrew invests in early stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software at Bolt. Kate is also the founder of Women in Hardware, which connects female founders, investors, and engineers building connected hardware companies. Prior to joining Bolt, Kate started and ran a marketing and branding agency, launched an accelerator focused on digital health startups, and built houses with habitat for humanity. She lives in San Francisco.

    Tim McConnell
    Tim McConnell

    Executive Leadership

    Robotics, IOT and Manufacturing

    Tim McConnell possesses over 25 years of experience developing robotics and embedded systems. Tim’s robotic career began with his bachelor’s thesis project at MIT, where he developed a calibration scheme for robots for the aircraft industry. Since then, he has served as VP Engineering at 3D Robotics, overseeing design, development and manufacturing of consumer and commercial UAV systems, EVP Engineering at Solekai Systems, running an 80-person engineering department in the consumer electronics and machine-to-machine areas, and VP Engineering at MicroPower Technologies, building and manufacturing solar-powered, wireless digital cameras. Tim managed multiple robotic development projects at Vision Robotics Corporation, specializing in autonomous, stereo vision based, mobile robots for commerce, agriculture and government. Tim also held management and engineering positions at Wind River, Doctor Design, AP Labs and Linkabit. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. Tim currently mentors several companies locally in various robotic fields, through EvoNexus and the Zahn Innovation Center at SDSU and also serves as a judge at the San Diego FIRST Robotics regional competition.

    Tim McConnell is speaker of the following session:

    Greg Miller
    Greg Miller

    President and CEO

    Grabit Inc.

    Greg Miller is the President and CEO at Grabit Inc. Greg is an experienced technology executive having led large multinational teams, venture capital backed startups, and numerous board of director positions. Prior to joining Grabit, Greg was President of OpSec Security, the world’s leader in Brand Protection with over 400 global customers including Adidas, Nike, The North Face, Vans, General Motors, Visa, National Football League and more. Previously, Greg was CEO of MIradia, a High Definition Display company, General Manager for JDSU’s thin film optical components business, and Global Sales Channel Manager for Tyco’s (former Raychem) Electronics business. Greg’s background includes sales, marketing, product development and operations. Greg also served as a Nuclear Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy. He has an MBA from Florida Tech University and a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas Tech University.

    Greg Miller is speaker of the following session:

    Kevin Mukai
    Kevin Mukai

    Co-Founder and COO

    NVdrones

    Kevin Mukai is the co-founder and COO of NVdrones. Kevin graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Product Development Engineering. He co-founded the company in 2014 and has deep experience with various aspects of the commercial drone industry. NVdrones creates software and hardware for drone operators to manage their drones efficiently, effectively, and safely. NVDash is an integrated web, Android, and iOS platform that saves drone companies hours of hassle each week. Companies can collaborate with team members, set role-related access to information, implement and maintain SOP’s with customizable checklists, as well as plan future and log past projects. NVDash’s “Drone 2 Cloud” feature allows pilots to upload flight sensor data (e.g. GPS, barometer, battery) from their phone or tablet to NVDash Web. This automates the logging process as well as yields deeper insight for equipment and pilot performance.

    Kevin Mukai is speaker of the following session:

    Michele Nash-Hoff
    Michele Nash-Hoff

    Founder and President

    ElectroFab Sales

    Michele is founder and president of ElectroFab Sales, a sales agency specializing in helping manufacturers select the right processes for their products since 1985. She is currently a director on the national board of the American Jobs Alliance and the San Diego Inventors Forum. She is also Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. Michele is the author of Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? Why We Should and How We Can available at www.savingusmanufacturing.com and www.amazon.com. She writes regular blog articles for a column on Industry Week magazine’s e newsline, many of which are republished on numerous other e newslines and industry websites.

    Michele Nash-Hoff is speaker of the following session:

    Andreas Neuman
    Andreas Neuman

    Founder

    UAV-IQ

    Founder of UAV-IQ, Andreas led the company through its transition from a simple consultancy focusing on unmanned aviation to a precision agriculture service that leverages its expertise in remote sensing and emerging technology to bridge the gap between drone pilot and agriculture professional. Veteran owned and operated, the company’s roots sprouted in the US Air Force Andreas gained invaluable insight into the capabilities of remote sensing and unmanned aviation as one of the leaders of the world’s most advance unmanned aerial system – the Global Hawk. Andreas is a senior Air Force officer honorably discharged in the rank of Major following a successful 11-year career that included project managing the design and implementation of emerging communications and remotely piloted vehicle technology on a global scale. In addition to serving as a combat proven pilot of both manned and unmanned aircraft, he is a highly accomplished project administrator, entrusted to lead diverse teams, safeguard lives and assets valued at over $200 million, and complete multi-million-dollar projects.

    Andreas Neuman is speaker of the following session:

    Paul Noglows
    Paul Noglows

    Executive Director and Head

    ForbesLive!

    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, producer, angel investor or teacher. As the head of ForbesLive!, Paul conceives and creates high-profile live content events that identify and define new communities of interest and showcase the wealth of talent and innovation blossoming within them. Paul created and produces the Forbes AgTech Summit, an annual gathering of world agriculture stakeholders focused on identifying, funding and implementing innovation. The AgTech Summit, which launched in July 2015, recently brought over 650 participants to Salinas, CA in July 2016. The AgTech Summit was the culmination of Paul’s stewardship of the Forbes Reinventing America Project – the single most significant effort mounted by any major US media company to bolster the economic development of America's heartland. 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.

    Paul Noglows is speaker of the following session:

    Treggon Owens
    Treggon Owens

    Chief Innovation Officer

    On April 1, 2016, 5D Robotics, Inc. officially acquired the industrial assets and intellectual property of Aerial MOB, LLC (Aerial MOB). This acquisition has led to the formation of the 5D Aerial division. The division provides precise 3D mapping, photogrammetry, thermal and multi-spectral imagery data, empowering focused analytical solutions to vertical markets which include oil and gas, power, utilities, constructions as well as others. Through this acquisition, Treggon will focus on bringing products to market for the commercial deployment of UAS. The marriage of aerospace and robotic families will lead to common efficiencies, innovation and cross-discipline idea sharing. Treggon oversees the implementation of the company's long and short term plans in accordance with its innovation and strategy. Aerial MOB remains the leader and pioneer in the aerial cinematography and unmanned systems technology. Treggon remains on the Board of Directors as a p atrial owner of Aerial MOB, LLC. 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 graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Computational Physics and is an aerial director and an advocate for FPV Drone Racing in his spare time. Treggon is a leader in the San Diego Community as well as a successful entrepreneur and visionary. His accolades include being chosen as one of San Diego's Top 100 business professionals for 2016.

    Treggon Owens is speaker of the following session:

    Don Phin
    Don Phin

    Attorney

    Don is an attorney, speaker, coach, entrepreneur and innovator. Over the last few years he has done a deep dive into exploring how robotics, AI, IOT and others technologies will alter the future workplace and what we must do to be prepared in a rapidly changing environment.

    Simeon Pieterkosky
    Simeon Pieterkosky

    CVO

    Aquaai

    Simeon Pieterkosky drives the visionary direction, inspires and designs products that Aquaai is proud to manufacture and market; products that perform tasks in aquatic environments, products that bring enjoyment and awe, and products to help solve many of the world’s most pressing marine problems. Simeon has a multi-faceted background in sociobiology, zoology, etho-robotics, animatronics and robotics. He has more than 16 years of practical experience in mechanical design, successfully merging advertising, robotics and special effects platforms. In 2002, Simeon established Probotics, a company that designed and created new concepts and products for various commercial industries, such as advertising, security, industrial design, aeronautics, and agriculture. Since 2005, he’s been focusing on personal robots for consumer use and has created many life size humanoid robots that befriend, and animal robots that entertain. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Simeon has been inventing gadgets since childhood and is on a mission to improve global life quality. He has spoken on the ethics of robotics at the Think Big AI robotics Festival, where Aquaai unveiled their initial clownfish prototype, Ocean and the Sustainable Oceanus Summit in Washington, DC.

    Simeon Pieterkosky is speaker of the following session:

    Gregg Ratanaphanyarat
    Gregg Ratanaphanyarat

    Founder & Director

    Gnetic Inc.

    Gregg Ratanaphanyarat is the Founder and Director at Gnetic Inc. Gregg has 5 years of experience in robotics and mechanical design. He was previously the team leader of a 55 person team on the Gunn Robotics Team receiving multiple awards in engineering design and excellence.

    Gregg Ratanaphanyarat is speaker of the following session:

    Jeff Riolo
    Jeff Riolo

    Owner Operator

    Empower UAV

    Serving as a volunteer for the San Diego UAS FAA Flight Safety Outreach Committee since its formation, Jeff Riolo now serves the community as lead representative. Through FAAST UAS outreach efforts, Jeff has appeared on KUSI evening news and good morning shows as well as presented at various public and industry events. The FAA flight Safety Team’s mission is to advance aviation safety through public outreach and education as Unmanned Aircraft are integrated into National Airspace. Jeff also teaches business law at San Diego Mesa College and is owner operator of Empower UAV/UAS, Inc., a fully approved FAA Section 333 and Part 107 certified commercial unmanned aviation company based locally and serving nationally. Mr. Riolo is a native San Diegan, a graduate of San Diego State University and California Western School of Law. Jeff lives in the Bay Park area and has two sons; Alex (23) who works with Northrop Grumman on unmanned aviation projects here in San Diego; and, Dominic (22), a biology and art double major graduating from UC Santa Barbara this spring.

    Jeff Riolo is speaker of the following session:

    Mike Ritter
    Mike Ritter

    Founder & CEO

    SlantRange, Inc.

    Mike has been developing remote sensing and analytics systems for earth sciences, defense, intelligence, and agronomy applications since 1996. At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography he developed systems and analytical methods to study the interaction of the world’s oceans and atmosphere in support of global climate research. As the Director of Electro-Optic Systems, Manager of Mission Systems, and Manager of Special Projects at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, he was responsible for the development of intelligence payloads and analytics chains for a number of unmanned aircraft including the Predator, Reaper, Gray Eagle, and Avenger. He is a founder and the CEO of SlantRange, Inc., which provides new layers of crop information to the agriculture industry with its airborne remote sensing systems and analytics tools. Mike has a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and a MBA from Georgetown University.

    Mike Ritter is speaker of the following session:

    Maryanna Saenko
    Maryanna Saenko

    Partner

    Airbus Ventures

    Maryanna is an Investment Partner for Airbus Ventures focused on developing and supporting seed-stage investments in aerospace and adjacent domains. Before joining Airbus Ventures Maryanna led Lux Research’s autonomous systems group where she traveled the world and spoke about robots. Maryanna completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, following which she became a research engineer and worked on projects ranging from autonomous vehicles to MEMS devices for wireless power transfer. Maryanna is passionate about helping emerging technologies progress into viable business models. When she’s not out finding cool start-ups you can find her kiteboarding, climbing, and pursuing type II fun in the backcountry.

    Maryanna Saenko is speaker of the following session:

    Terrence Sejnowski
    Terrence Sejnowski

    Professor

    Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    Terrence Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience and his goal is to understand the principles that link brain to behavior. His laboratory uses both experimental and modeling techniques to study the biophysical properties of synapses and neurons and the population dynamics of large networks of neurons. He has published over 500 scientific papers and 14 books, including The Computational Brain. He received his PhD in Physics from Princeton and is currently an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Distinguished Professor at the University of California at San Diego and holds the Francis Crick Chair at The Salk Institute. Sejnowski is the President of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation, the premier conference on machine learning and neural computation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. He was instrumental in shaping the BRAIN Initiative that was announced by the White House in 2013 and served on the Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH for the BRAIN Initiative.

    Information about Terrence Sejnowski's session will follow soon.

    Carrie Shaw
    Carrie Shaw

    CEO and Founder

    Embodied Labs, Inc.

    Carrie Shaw, CEO and founder of Embodied Labs, Inc., is passionate about the intersection between education, art, science, and virtual reality. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health, Carrie joined the Peace Corps as a Health Education volunteer and lived in the Dominican Republic where she taught reproductive health to youth and worked as a medical translator. During this time, she discovered that art as a teaching tool for health education can cross all cultural and language barriers. Carrie went on to pursue a Master’s of Science at the University of Illinois Chicago in Biomedical Visualization. In 2016, she founded her company Embodied Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing the way health care providers, caregivers, and patients learn about human health from the first-person perspective of vulnerable patient populations through virtual reality storytelling.

    Carrie Shaw is speaker of the following session:

    Meisha Sherman
    Meisha Sherman

    Global Senior Director, Executive Leadership & Organization Development

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Meisha R. Sherman is a global Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of experience in the financial, consulting, US government, government aerospace defense, and technology industries. Ms. Sherman is a servant leader in the community and expert in the Human Resources field. Ms. Sherman is a Board Member on the San Diego Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, leads on the board of the Neighborhood House Association (NHA) and is a board member on the Society Human Resources (SHRM SD), and serves as the North San Diego Business Chamber senior advisor. Her immediate past board appointments include, an officer of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), the Pepperdine University Graziadio Alumni Board, and founding member of the Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council. Ms. Sherman has expertise in all facets of Human Resources, organizational development, talent acquisition, talent & performance management, and diversity & inclusion and has presented at Conference Board, ATD, PIHRA, SHRM and NAWMBA conferences and university campuses throughout the United States. Ms. Sherman earned an MBA from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and while serving in the US military received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University Dominguez Hills, where she graduated magna cum laude.

    Neha Singh
    Neha Singh

    Founder & CEO

    Obsess

    Neha Singh is the Founder & CEO of Obsess, a Virtual Reality Shopping Platform for Fashion. She was previously the Head of Product at Vogue, where she was responsible for the product strategy and technology execution of Vogue’s digital business including content products, ad products and distribution platforms. While there, she launched the Vogue website, Vogue Runway and 2 mobile apps. Prior to that, Neha was VP of Product and Engineering at AHAlife, an ecommerce startup for luxury lifestyle products. Neha began her career at Google, where she was a Software Engineer and Tech Lead for 5 years and worked on Google AdWords and Google News. She holds an undergraduate Computer Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate Computer Science degree from MIT.

    Neha Singh is speaker of the following session:

    Douglas Stow
    Douglas Stow

    Professor of Geography and Co-director of the Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research

    San Diego State University

    Douglas Stow received his B.A. (1976), M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1985) in Geography from University of California Santa Barbara. He is a Distinguished Professor of Geography and Co-director of the Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research, in his 33rd year at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he specializes in remote sensing and image processing. His research focuses on land use and land cover change analyses, particularly for Mediterranean-type ecosystems, major cities of developing countries and the US border zones. He has served as advisor for eight doctoral and over 55 master’s degree students. Prof. Stow served as department chair and doctoral program adviser for the Department of Geography at SDSU. His research is supported by NASA, NSF, NIH, US Forest Service, DHS, DOT, and state and local agency research grants. He is the author or co-author of 150 refereed publications and 45 conference proceedings papers. Prof. Stow’s awards and honors include SDSU Alumni Outstanding Faculty Award for the University, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) - Outstanding Contributions in Remote Sensing Award, SDSU -Phi Beta Kappa Annual Honorary Lecturer, SDSU - Presidential Leadership Award, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) - SAIC John Estes Memorial Teaching Award, ASPRS Fellow, and SDUS - Albert W. Johnson Lecturer, the highest research honor awarded each year to a SDSU faculty member.

    Douglas Stow is speaker of the following session:

    Daniel Theobald
    Daniel Theobald

    Co-Founder

    Vecna

    Daniel co-founded Vecna in 1998 with the mission to empower humanity through transformative technologies. Without outside investment, Vecna grew to be a world leader in healthcare and robotics, also making significant contributions to green energy and sustainable agriculture. He pays Vecna employees to spend 4 hours a week doing community service. Top of his class at MIT, he studied electrical, mechanical, and software engineering, worked on Mars rovers, and received fellowships from Ford, Hertz, and NSF. He has been awarded 28 patents and has 71 patents pending. Daniel also serves as president of MassRobotics.

    Daniel Theobald is speaker of the following session:

    Liane Thompson
    Liane Thompson

    Co-CEO

    Aquaai

    Liane Thompson has 20 years experience spearheading radical change in the media industry. The former New York Times media executive has managed large and small teams delivering branded and innovative products with mass audience appeal. As an entrepreneur, Liane has set up new businesses in Hungary and Israel. Most recently, she was Chief Content Officer at an Israeli hi-tech media startup aggregating and curating global videos. A Graduate Fellow, Liane earned her Master of Journalism and Public Affairs Degree from American University in Washington, DC and was a scholarship recipient to Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany where she studied European Law and International Relations. Liane has lived in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In 2009, Liane’s speaking events include the first #140conf. (Twitter) in New York about PTSD in children of war, Reel Screen, Think Big AI robotics Festival, Oceanus and The Sustainable Oceans Summit in Washington, DC. Liane speaks fluent German and English and is passionate about traveling and providing her children a healthier planet.

    Liane Thompson is speaker of the following sessions:

    Mel Torrie
    Mel Torrie

    CEO and Founder

    Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

    Mr. Torrie has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and is founder and CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) in Logan, Utah. ASI develops and sells systems for driverless ground vehicle control in Mining, Military, Agriculture, Material Handling, Automotive Proving Grounds, Industrial Cleaning, and Security. Prior to founding ASI 16 years ago, Mr. Torrie worked at Utah State University where he managed a NASA Space Shuttle payload. 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, and Rise Hong Kong.

    Nora Toure
    Nora Toure

    Founder

    Women in 3D Printing

    Nora is an Additive Manufacturing expert and engaged in inspiring women to embrace Tech. careers in the 3D Printing industry. She started her career in the Additive Manufacturing in 2010 by joining online 3D Printing service leader, Sculpteo, as employee #8. After 3 years in France, she relocated in San Francisco to open Sculpteo’s first overseas offices. She now leads Sales and Business Dev. for North America from the San Francisco office. Nora founded Women in 3D Printing in 2014 to feature women leaders in the Additive Manufacturing sector through interviews and portraits. She also initiated #3DTalk, a series of events in the Bay Area and in major industry events like the CES, Inside 3D Printing events. Pursuing her vision for more social inclusion, she recently joined 3D Africa as Board Advisor. 3D Africa is a youth and women economic empowerment program developed by the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), a nonprofit organization with years of experience combining education, technology, and economic development to transform economically challenged populations into self-sustainable communities. 3D Africa is part of the YTF’s Clinton Global Initiative 2016 Commitment to Action. As part of her vocation to contribute to the development of the industry, Nora is also Board Advisor for 3DHeals. 3DHeals’ mission statements are to foster and educate the community about applications and innovations in healthcare 3D Printing as well as to facilitate global multidisciplinary collaborative innovations. In addition to her achievements, Nora is a contributor to Fabbaloo, one of the most read 3D Printing online media. Her expertise and commitments had her being nominated by 3ders.org, #6 amongst the 25 most influential women in the 3D Printing industry in 2016.

    Rob Trice
    Rob Trice

    Founder

    The Mixing Bowl and Better Food Ventures

    Rob Trice is the Founder of The Mixing Bowl and Better Food Ventures. He is leveraging his experience in mobile, internet and telecom venture capital to pursue the application of IT to food and agriculture challenges. The Mixing Bowl is a forum to link food, agriculture and IT innovators. Better Food Ventures makes seed-stage investments that harness the power of information and communications technology to improve 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 DC-based think-tank, The Center for Strategic & International Studies. He also founded the non-profit Corporate Innovators Huddle, serves on the board of San Francisco-based engaged philanthropy organization, Full Circle Fund, and farmer business support non-profit Kitchen Table Advisors. He splits his time between Menlo Park and Pescadero, CA.

    Rob Trice is speaker of the following session:

    Andrew Uerkwitz
    Andrew Uerkwitz

    Executive Director and Senior Analyst

    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

    Andrew Uerkwitz is Executive Director and Senior Analyst covering emerging services and technology companies at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He initially focused on the emerging Israeli technology companies before broadening his coverage to emerging technology and service companies. Prior to joining Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Mr. Uerkwitz worked in equity research at Ardour Capital and also in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. He started his career in various finance and accounting positions at Lannett Company and Lordi Consulting. Mr. Uerkwitz holds a B.S. in management and accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

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    Carl Vause
    Carl Vause

    CEO

    Soft Robotics

    Carl E. Vause., is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Prior to Soft Robotics, Mr. Vause held a variety of senior positions in technology and medical device companies. Mr. Vause held positions at Smith & Nephew, serving as the Global Franchise Leader for the Joint Repair business, with $500 million in annual revenues. Also at Smith & Nephew, he also served as Vice President of Global Marketing and Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Endoscopy Global Business Unit. In addition to his time at Smith & Nephew, Carl has served as the Manager of Strategic Planning at 3M and as Division Operations Process Manager at Nestle Waters North America Prior to his commercial experience Carl served as a Naval Flight Officer with the United States Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2013. He holds a M.B.A from London Business School and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.

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    Jason Vickery
    Jason Vickery

    San Diego Sheriff's Department

    Lieutenant Jason Vickery is in his 24th year with the San Diego Sheriff's Department. He currently is the Station Commander at the Valley Center Sub-Station. He also is in charge of the department's UAV program. The UAV unit was formed in 2015, and currently consists of seven team members. The San Diego Sheriff's Department UAV program currently operates under a Blanket COA from the FAA and is in the process of obtaining a jurisdictional COA. Currently the San Diego Sheriff's Department flies four UAV's manufactured by DJI.

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    Ping Wang
    Ping Wang

    RoboUniverse Program Chair

    Dr. Wang was a Director of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, the world's first robotics-focused investment+mentorship based accelerator, which hosted 10 startups from countries around the world creating various types of robots, from drones and AGVs to gaming robots to robot arms. He is currently an EIR at Techstars, on the best technology incubator/accelerators in the world, with 20 programs spanning 14 cities worldwide. Previously, he founded San Diego's first tech-focused coworking center, Ansir Innovation, catering to creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs. He also founded a tech startup (in consumer electronics) after experience in large companies like Agilent Technologies as well as startups in Silicon Valley. With a double major BS in Computer Science and Biology, as well as Masters in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University, Dr. Wang combined these fields to fulfill an interdisciplinary PhD in Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience from UCSD. As such, Dr. Wang is well versed in both hardware and software systems using multidisciplinary approaches, including bio-inspired design principles. He's also held several research positions for institutions such as the Salk Institute and the Burnham Institute, and has been published as first author in such prestigious peer-reviewed journals as "Science". He is also one of the selected few "Mayfeld Fellows", from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program focused on entrepreneurial development and innovation.

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    Ethan Winner
    Ethan Winner

    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

    ILLUSIO Imaging

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    Gary Wishnatzki
    Gary Wishnatzki

    Co-Founder

    Harvest CROO Robotics

    Gary Wishnatzki has over 42 years of experience in the produce industry and is the 3rd generation owner of Plant City Florida based Wish Farms, a berry grower/shipper. Most recently he has co-founded a start-up robotic company, Harvest CROO Robotics. The mission is to solve the problem of labor shortages through automation. The first project is to build a robotic strawberry picker. Over the last decade Wish Farms has had several innovations. They include inventing a patented traceability system, How’s My Picking™, developing a bloom count model to forecast strawberry production and becoming a leader in the Southeast region for processed strawberry production. Gary oversees the businesses under their core values: Quality, Integrity and Responsiveness.

    Gary Wishnatzki is speaker of the following session:

    Mark Young
    Mark Young

    Chief Technology Officer

    The Climate Corporation

    Mark leads the development of a unified technical vision, architecture and roadmap to help The Climate Corporation deliver an industry-leading digital agriculture platform. A Silicon Valley veteran who grew up on a farm, Mark is passionate about using science and technology to help farmers around the world increase yields and efficiently use resources to create a better living for farmers. Previously Mark served as a Director of Mobile Product Excellence at Yahoo, the Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Technology at Zynga, and the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HipLogic. Mark has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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