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Founder, Chairman and CTO
Rodney Brooks founded Rethink Robotics in September 2008. Rethink Robotics has developed a new class of industrial robot that is safe, inexpensive, easy to train, easy to install, and is flexible and adaptable. The first product released by the company is Baxter, made in the USA and distributed nationally.
Rodney Brooks was co-founder of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) , its CTO, and sometimes Chairman, from 1990 to 2011. He was on the faculty at MIT from 1984 until 2010, where he was the Panasonic Professor of Robotics, and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
In 1997, Renaud Champion joined the quantitative financial engineering department of BNP PARIBAS CIB where he was in charge of modeling structured derivatives products on interest rates and equity. From 2001 to 2009, he was head of equity derivatives trading desks in New York and Paris at BNP PARIBAS and managed derivative portfolios on indices, stocks and hedge funds .
In 2010 Renaud founded PRIMNEXT, a consulting firm specialized in valuation, risk management, modeling and returns' optimization of companies operating in disruptive technologies and services. Renaud Champion is an independent expert for the European Commission DG Connect and an advisor for national governments policies.
In 2012, Ranaud co-founded ROBOLUTION Capital, the first investment fund dedicated to Professional and Personal Service Robotics in Europe and the first worldwide fund in this sector. He is also Secretary-General of SYROBO, the French Federation of Service Robotics.
Director of Marketing
Tim DeRosett is Director of Marketing at YASKAWA Motoman. YASKAWA is a global leader in robotics, motion and drives for manufacturing and material handling. Tim has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing and business development within the automation industry.
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Dulchinos was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a director of Adept in September 2008. Prior to that he held various positions within Adept including President and Chief Operating Officer. Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Robotics, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Vice President of North American Sales, and Director of OEM Business.
John is a visionary and active member of the robotics industry, currently serving on the board of directors of the Robotics Industry Association, the International Federation of Robotics and the Robotics Technology Consortium. He also serves on the board of Visicon Technologies, a privately held vision inspection company, and is a recipient of the Dreammakers and Risk Takers Innovation award from the Livermore Chamber of Commerce.
EH Robotics Trends Group
Richard Erb has more than 10 years of experience organizing face-to-face events in the telecom, information technology and robotics industries. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from Colby College, he earned his Masters of Science in Business Management from Lesley University.
Currently, Richard Erb is General Manager of Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing, Inc. Previously, as Vice President of International Events for Pulvermedia, Inc., Erb lead efforts to launch VON (Voice on the Net) events in Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan and China. Prior to Pulvermedia, he worked for CrossTech Media, where he was responsible for revenue creation for both traditional and hosted-model face- to-face events. In his current position with Robotics Trends, Erb has been a catalyst for building community, introducing and organizing online events, and building the flagship RoboBusiness physical event into a world-class robotics business, technology and applications-focused executive networking summit.
Founder and CEO
Gianluigi Ferri, 49 years old, is experienced entrepreneur, with 20+ years experience across IT, Telco, Electronic and Media market sectors. From his early 10 years-career in the software development, as a project manager, in two primary Italian IT companies focused on health and financial markets through four years leading in Italy the successful business in M2M products distribution and seven years ago was co-founder and CEO of Wireless: an Italian media company publishing a technical magazine and developing several B2B tradeshow for the mobile & wireless industry.
Gianluigi has earned the reputation as an innovative entrepreneur and he travels around the Italy giving talks about hi-tech innovation and how Italian IT startups can become more successful in today’s highly competitive ICT marketplace. He was business mentoring and angel for three companies in M2M market. Throughout his career, Gianluigi has built a large amount of experience in liaising with the investment community and developing business cases for both institutional and private investors.
In 2000, he has co-founded and successfully led, as editor-in-chief, the “Wireless Magazine”: the first Italian monthly magazine with a section about M2M market and its applications. In 2002 Gianluigi created M2M Forum (www.m2mforum.com), the first B2B conference & expo about M2M applications.
Ken Goldberg is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at UC Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research lab and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.
Goldberg has published over 170 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.
Bossa Nova Robotics
Martin joined Bossa Nova as CEO in 2009 and leads all operational aspects of the company to deliver on the company’s mission to put a robot in every home. Having caught the robot bug at Ugobe, where he led global sales and business development for the companion robot Pleo; Martin has focused Bossa Nova on the development of scalable robotic platforms driven by the company’s proprietary Robot Cloud Services and patent protected IP. Martin believes the industry is fast approaching the tipping point for in home personal robots and Bossa Nova’s technology will lead broad consumer adoption.
Prior to robotics, Martin was founder and CEO of World in Advance, a software solutions company and also held senior sales and business development roles at Mattel, Hasbro and MGA Entertainment. He, along with his co-founders was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (PA and WV region) in 2011.
Dan Kara is President of Electra Studios, a new start-up providing educational and research robotics products and services, which are supported and augmented by integrated media offerings. He is also analyst-at-large for Robotics Business Review where he focuses on robotics research, emerging technologies and vertical market segments exploiting robotics technology.
Prior to founding Electra Studios, Dan was President and Co-Founder of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm that publishes RoboticsTrends.com and Robotics Business Review. 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.
Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, VP of Advanced Information Technology Research at Sentry Group, Director of Research at Ullo International, and Chief Technical Officer of Software Productivity Group.
Davis & Gilbert LLP
Andrew Keisner frequently publishes and is quoted regarding robotics legal issues in publications such as Robotics Business Review and Innorobo’s This is Robotics. He is a current member of the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit’s Advisory Council, a frequent speaker at robotics conferences, and a frequent lecturer at robotics companies on the subject of common and emerging legal issues that relate to robotics companies. Andrew has a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering (with a concentration in robotics) from Cornell University. He is admitted to practice law in New York and is a registered patent attorney.
Industrial Perception, Inc.
Erin a product storyteller with robotics experience across academia and industry, in both the Boston and Silicon Valley hotspots, with projects ranging from flexible logistics, supply chain, FDA approval, consumer products, military casualty extraction, assistive devices, robotic tele-presence, and manufacturing. Erin takes a vested interested in finding ways to catalyze the robotics market by identifying unique value propositions for new robotic products, and by creating community and cooperation between companies and thought leaders.
Founder, Partner and Director
Blue Ocean Robotics ApS
Claus Risager is the Founder, Partner & Director at Blue Ocean Robotics ApS and has a B.Sc. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Ph.D. in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence. Claus also serves as a Board Member for EUROP and IFR, and an expert evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission.
Previously, Claus Risager was President for DTI Robotics US, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA and Founder and Head of DTI Robot Technology (Centre for Robot Technology at the Danish Technological Institute), one of Europe’s largest robotics innovation centres.
Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH
Jan Westerhues is an Investment Partner with Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) in Frankfurt, Germany. RBVC is the corporate venture arm of Robert Bosch GmbH, one of the largest private conglomerates with over 50 billion Euros sales. The VC fund invests worldwide in Start-up companies either directly or via Venture Capital Funds. Investment focus is technology companies along the line of Bosch current and future business. RBVC provides capital for minority stakes in Start-ups from early to expansion stage.
Prior to this position Jan was responsible for Bosch Corporate Strategy in the Asia Pacific region and has six years of experience in strategy consulting before joining the Bosch Group. Jan holds a degree in engineering and business administration (Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and is a CFA charterholder. He speaks German, English, Spanish fluently and has a basic knowledge of Mandarin.