SCHEDULED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman and CTO - Rethink Robotics

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
Advanced Collaborative Robots and the Impact on Systems Integration

A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011.  Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Rodney is also an accomplished presenter, and speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence in venues throughout the world.

Ashish Pai

Ashish Pai

Senior Director, Neural Compute Program - Movidius, Intel Corporation

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 4:25 PM – 5:15 PM
Dedicated Vision Processing Units as Enablers for Deep Neural Network Applications at the Edge

Ashish Pai is a Senior Director of Neural Compute Program (NCP) for Movidius within New Technology Group (NTG) at Intel Corporation. He is currently responsible for product architecture, design, development, customer outreach, support and marketing for all NCP products. He joined Intel in 1998 as a researcher at Intel Labs. Subsequently, he has held various technical and management positions enabling the development of four lead process technology microprocessor programs. He led the strategic planning and program management of multiple generations of low power IA products. Prior to joining Movidius, Ashish managed product engineering for all maker and innovator products at Intel. He also led the technical support for America's Greatest Makers TV show on CNN affiliate network TBS. He is a 2 time recipient of Intel Achievement Award (IAA – Intel’s highest corporate award). He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg

William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering - UC Berkeley

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
The New Wave in Robot Grasping

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor. He is Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, with secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in geometric algorithms and machine learning for robotics and automation in surgery, manufacturing, and other applications. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, Ken persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 U.S. Patents. He co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Faculty Fellowship) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016. He lives in the Bay Area and is madly in love with his wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, and their two daughters. 

Steve Cousins

Steve Cousins

CEO - Savioke

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Service Robots: Designing Collaborative Robots that are "Part of the Team"

Steve Cousins is founder and CEO of Savioke, the leader in developing and deploying autonomous robots that work in human environments to improve people’s lives. Before founding Savioke, Steve was President and CEO of robotics incubator Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), an open source software suite that has become the standard tool among robotics researchers. Also at Willow Garage, Steve launched the industry's first personal robots including the PR2 and the TurtleBot. Prior to that, Steve was a member of executive teams at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Xerox PARC. He’s active in the Robots for Humanity project and holds a PhD from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.