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Noa Agmon

Assistant Professor – Computer Science

Bar-Ilan University

Noa Agmon is a faculty member at the Computer Science department at Bar-Ilan University (BIU). Her research focuses on multi-robot systems, while using both theoretical and empirical means for evaluation of team performance guarantees on a variety of robotic tasks, for example multi-robot patrol and robot navigation. She received her PhD (with highest distinction) from Bar-Ilan University (2009),…

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Nahid Alam

Lead Software Engineer

Nevados Engineering

Nahid Alam loves building all things hardware and actively involved with DIY Maker movement. Earlier she proposed & co-led Intel's strategy of Maker Movement -- Intel Galileo. Being a Sr. Design Engineer, she worked on designing the World's 1st 14nm SoC and low power microcontroller technologies at Intel. She organizes a monthly hardware hack Meetup,…

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Patrícia Alves-Oliveira

Ph.D. student

ISCTE-IUL and INESC-IDPsychology

Patrícia Alves-Oliveira is a Ph.D. student in the field of Psychology applied to Human-Robot Interaction, interested in how robots can nurture human capabilities related with creative-driven behaviors. Her Ph.D. project is focused on the study of how robotic technology can dodge from being passive to boost human creative behavior.

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Nancy Amato


Texas A&M University

Nancy M. Amato is Regents Professor and Unocal Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab. She is also Senior Director of Engineering Honors Programs in the College of Engineering. Amato received undergraduate degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Stanford University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees…

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Animashree Anandkumar

Principal Research Scientist

Amazon Web Services

Animashree Anandkumar, Ph.D., joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in July 2010. She received a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2004, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 2009. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Stochastic Systems Group at…

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Cristina Andersson

Robotics Activist

Robotics Finland

Cristina Andersson is an award winning and highly professional expert of learning and coaching. She is a WinCoach, visionary and an energy mobiliser, a true renaissance woman, who has studied her topics widely through classical singing, inventorship, ice-hockey and participating in social activities. She is a teacher, trainer, a business consultant and a pioneer in…

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Laure Andrieux


Project Juno

Accomplished Product Manager and Marketing Manager with 13 years of high tech industry experience • Passionate about products and strategy. Extensive experience in all aspects of product life cycle: from corporate strategy to defining, delivering and taking products to market • Experienced working both in large (fortune 50) and startup companies • Excellent at engaging…

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Nahid Armande

Expert Robotique – Chef de projet innovation process de fabrication

PSA Peugeot Citroën

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Ashwini Asokan

Co-founder, CEO

Mad Street Den

Ashwini is bringing the power of Artificial Intelligence to every mobile user. She has set up Mad Street Den in August 2013 with an initial capital of $50,000. How technology can be used by people is something that always fascinated Ashwini Asokan, Co-founder & CEO at Mad Street Den & Mad Street Labs. An artist at…

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Nora Ayanian

Assistant Professor

University of Southern California

My research focuses on creating end-to-end solutions for multirobot coordination.

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Ruth Aylett


Heriot-Watt University

Ruth is Professor of Computer Sciences in the School of Maths and Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University. She researches intelligent graphical characters, affective agent models, human-robot interaction, and interactive narrative. She was a founder of the International Conference Intelligent Virtual Agents. She has more than 200 publications - book chapters, journals, and refereed conferences. After…

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Alison B. Lowndes

Deep Learning Solutions Architec


Not your average computer scientist. Dedicated to providing solutions with AI & deep learning, to some of humanity's biggest problems. Working directly with entities like NASA, SETI and CERN, thanks to NVIDIA. As AI DevRel I look over the entire EMEAI research field, staying up to date with progress from Luminaries to Masters students and…

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Ruzena Bajcsy


University of California, Berkeley

Ruzena Bajcsy (LF’08) received the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 1957 and 1967, respectively, and the Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1972. She is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director…

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Catherine Ball

Founder and CEO

Remote Research Ranges

Disruptor, creator, innovator, and communicator. Building bridges between science and business. Developing applications for technology. Empowering communities. Leading the conversations around the ethical implications of new ways of working. Interested in the use of innovation, new and emerging technologies, remote sensing, and remotely operated vehicles for environmental and engineering projects. Supporting industry-academic partnerships, and the…


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Katrina Barhouse

Senior Engineer – Unmanned Systems

Oshkosh Corporation

Katrina is a robotics engineer by day, and a writer by night! She has her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Though you will scarcely find Katrina without a book in hand, one of her true passions outside of engineering is mentoring…

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Rosalie Bartlett

Marketing Manager


Rosalie Bartlett is the Editor of Drones at Work. Rosalie was previously the creator and editor of Commercial Drone News.

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Camilla Bassani

Software Engineer


Computer science Engineer, graduated with honour, with high automation and control engineering skills. My strong sense of responsibility makes me able to manage large amounts of work. I also have good comunication skills and long-lasting experience in teamwork. I'm highly interested in experiencing new challenges to improve my skills and competences.

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Barbara Belvisi

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Hardware Club

Barbara is cofounder and managing partner at Hardware Club. She started her career in Private Equity with a focus on Brands & Retail at NEO Capital in London. She then moved to Venture Capital to focus on Tech investment. After 6 years working between London and Paris, she left in 2013 to start her own…

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Maren Bennewitz

Associate Professor

University of Bonn

Since October 2014, I am professor for humanoid robots at the University of Bonn. Before that I was an assistant professor at the University of Freiburg and head of the group for Humanoid Robots. In the course of my research career, I have developed several innovative solutions for robotic systems co-existing and interacting with humans.…

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Ekaterina Bereziy

Founder & CEO

Exoatlet (ЭкзоАтлет)

Ekaterina Bereziy graduated from from Moscow State University’s mechanics and mathematics faculty, before founding ExoAtlet, Russia’s first exoskeleton startup. ExoAtlet features maneuverability, brain-to-computer interface and comfort, and the startup has won a spot in the Skolkovo IT cluster, beating 750 other startups.

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Sarah Bergbreiter

Associate Professor

Maryland Robotics Center

My research is focused on the challenges of engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. My students and I work both on small mobile robots (robotic insects for defense and disaster search scenarios), as well as microfabrication in support of larger robotic systems (tactile sensing or medical robotics for example). These goals result in…

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Sigal Berman

Senior Lecturer – Industrial Engineering and Management

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Sigal Berman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the Technion; a M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She was a research assistant…

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Spring M. Berman

Assistant Professor

Arizona State University

Spring M. Berman is an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and graduate faculty in Computer Science and Exploration Systems Design at Arizona State University (ASU).  She is also a faculty affiliate of the Global Security Initiative at ASU.  Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science at Harvard University (2010-2012).  She received…

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M. Bernardine Dias

Associate Research Professor

Carnegie Mellon University

My principal research objective is to create innovative solutions that address the needs of technologically underserved communities. Primarily I work with resource-constrained developing communities where the accessible infrastructure and indigenous skills are very different from the norms prevalent in the technologically developed world. I have also increasingly invested time in addressing the needs of differently-abled…

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Sampriti Bhattacharya



I build robots for both fun & living. Founder of Hydroswarm, a startup working on underwater drone intelligence. ****************************************** Volunteer work: Lab-X Foundation: Cofounder and Director. Providing hands on learning experience and global exposure in research and technology to those with limited resources in developing countries. ******************************************* Background: 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 (manufacturing), 25…

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Jeannette Bohg

Senior Research Scientist

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Jeannette Bohg is a Senior Research Scientist at the Autonomous Motion Department. Her research focuses on perception for autonomous robotic manipulation and grasping. She is specifically interesting in developing methods that are goal-directed, real-time and multi-modal such that they can provide meaningful feedback for execution and learning. Before joining the Autonomous Motion lab in January…

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Cynthia Breazeal

Founder & Chief Scientist

Jibo, Inc

Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is also founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc. She is a pioneer of Social Robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She authored the…

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Astri Brugeilles

Interaction Designer


I'm a new technologies enthusiast, especially robotics and video games. I am an ambitious and dynamic person, using my skills to help grow a startup company. It allows me to take up challenges and to solve problems in original and creative ways. With a solid training in Marketing, Communication and Event Planning, I'm improving everyday,…

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Prof Barbara Caputo

Associate Professor

Sapienza Rome University

I was born in the city of Pordenone, Italy, and I moved to Rome when I was two. I studied physics with mayor in Theoretical Physics at the Sapienza Rome University, from which I received a Laurea degree (110/110 cum laude) in 1998. I then took a master degree in Medical Image Processing from La…

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Robin Chase


Zipcar and Veniam

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the…

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Jennifer Chayes

Distinguished Scientist & Managing Director

Microsoft Research

Jennifer Tour Chayes is Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she co-founded in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City, which she co-founded in 2012. These two laboratories are widely renowned interdisciplinary centers, bringing together computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, social scientists, and biologists, and helping to lay…

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Elaine Chen

Founder and Managing Director


Executive level product strategy and innovation consultant for teams building and growing businesses based on disruptive products and services. Proven track record in building great teams and developing great products. Exceptional strength in understanding customer needs and wants, and in translating them into actionable engineering requirements. Drawing on over 20 years of experience leading and…

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Marita Cheng


2Mar Robotics

Marita Cheng is the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. She received the award for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her fellow engineering peers and…

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Sonia Chernova

Assistant Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sonia Chernova is the Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early-Career Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning (RAIL) lab. Her research interests span robotics, interactive machine learning, adjustable autonomy, human computation, and human-robot interaction. Chernova received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie…

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Margarita Chli

SNSF Professor in Computer Vision for Robotics

ETH Zurich

I am SNF Assistant Professor leading the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Previously, I was a Chancellor's Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and before that, I was at the Autonomous Systems Lab…

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Vivian Chu

Lead Robotics Engineer

Diligent Droids

Vivian Chu is a Graduate Student Research Assistant at Georgia Institute of Technology, studying perception, AI and cognition, and interaction. Chu’s paper on “Using Robotic Exploratory Procedures to Learn the Meaning of Haptic Adjectives” was awarded the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper at ICRA 2013.

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Kunthirvy Collin-Dy

Head of Startup Relations

Robot Lab

After working at Microsoft France and Orange, Kunthirvy joined Softbank Robotics Europe as the AI Lab Communication Manager for one year. Today, she is the Head of Startup Relations at Robot Lab, the first robotic accelerator in France. She is in charge of building the IoT and robotics ecosystem. Kunthirvy is also responsible for defining vision…

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Elizabeth Croft

Director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory

University of British Columbia

Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Professor of Mechanical Engineering Founder and Director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory Specialties: Research and Development, Industrial Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, trajectory generation design, physiological input to robot control

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Renate Damhuis

_Co-founder, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer

Magzor Robotics

Senior executive professional with over 20 years of international marketing and business expertise in tech start-up and blue chip companies. Demonstrated ability to contribute to substantial market growth through both strategic and tactical marketing efforts. Launched over 70 leading software, internet and technology brands into the European, US and Asia-Pacific markets. Co-founded and lead a…

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Kerstin Dautenhahn


University of Hertfordshire

I have a background in biology, artificial intelligence and robotics. Specialties: My expertise concerns multidisciplinary research in the field of interaction studies, in particular human-robot interaction for robot companions (home companions or robots for therapy)

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Jennifer David

Doctoral Student – Intelligent Systems Lab

Halmstad University

Jennifer David is a Third year Doctoral Student working on Multi vehicle path planning at the Intelligent Systems Lab, Halmstad University, Sweden. She received her BE Mechatronics at Anna University Chennai in 2008 and her MS by Research at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She worked as Plant Engineer for two years in maintaining shop…

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Natalia Diaz Rodriguez PHD

Human Computation and Styling Algorithms

Stitch Fix

Natalia has a Double PhD by University of Granada (Spain) and Abo Akademi (Finland) on Artificial Intelligence and has interned at CERN, Philips Research and Stitch Fix. She is advisor of Asteria: The world's first AI companion. She likes integrating human intelligence and a social touch into Artificial Intelligence and robotics, normally by using knowledge…

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Kathrin Doerfler

PHD Candidate – Architecture and Digital Fabrication

ETH Zurich

Kathrin Dörfler studied architecture at TU Vienna and Digital Art at the University for Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. During her studies she has been working for architecture firms in Vienna, among others for Soma Architects and gaupenraub. In 2012, Romana Rust and she founded the collective “dorfundrust”, a studio for digital processes in architecture. Between…

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Anca Dragan

Assistant Professor

UC Berkeley

I am an Assistant Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. My research lies at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. I am interested in enabling robots to work with and around people, and I employ a combination of optimal control, machine learning, and cognitive science techniques to make robots more…

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Dr Brittany A Duncan

Assistant Professor – Computer Science and Engineering

University of Nebraska

Dr. Brittany Duncan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a co-Director of the NIMBUS lab at the University of Nebraska. She received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is at the nexus of behavior-based robotics, human-robot interaction, and unmanned…

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DevOps Backend Engineer


- Fields of work and interest: R&D,Data Science, Machine Learning, Cognitive science, and everything related to Human-Machine Interaction. - Actual Position: DevOps Backend Engineer at Alcméon - France My role is to help evolve and improve the backend infrastructure, which involves: --- Developing in SQL database and python-based middleware --- Building and monitoring operations infrastructures…

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Esra Erdem

Associate Professor – Computer Science

Sabanci University

Esra Erdem is an associate professor in computer science and engineering at Sabanci University. She received her Ph.D. in computer sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (2002), and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto and Vienna University of Technology from 2002 to 2006. Her research is in the area of…

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Duygun Erol Barkana

Associate Professor – Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Yeditepe University

Duygun Erol Barkana received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA in August 2003 and August 2007, respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is interested in robot-assisted rehabilitation systems, dynamical systems and control, medical robotics, cognitive…

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Teresa Escrig

CEO and Founder

Qualitative Artificial Intelligence (QAI)

Teresa Escrig, PhD in Computer Science, has been a professor at the University Jaume I, Spain, for almost 20 years. She is an entrepreneur, visionary, and out-of-the-box thinker with a profound analytical mind. She performs high quality work, and has been awarded several prizes (including a National Prize on Science and Technology in 2004 and…

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Vanessa Evers

Full Professor

University of Twente

I am a full Professor of Human Media Interaction at the University of Twente and Science Director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente. My research focuses on Human Interaction with Autonomous Agents such as robots or machine learning systems  and cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. I specifically like to take theories on…

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Silvia Ferrari

Adjunct Professor

Duke University

Professor Ferrari's research aims at providing intelligent control systems with a higher degree of mathematical structure to guide their application and improve reliability. Decision-making processes are automated based on concepts drawn from control theory and the life sciences. Recent efforts have focused on the development of reconfigurable controllers implementing neural networks with procedural long-term memories.…

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Mariana de Paula Assis Fonseca

Graduate Student

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Mariana Fonseca graduated in Control and Automation Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2013. She participated in an exchange program at the Universidade do Porto (UP) in Portugal, attending an Integrated Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering , in 2012. Currently, Mariana is pursuing a master's degree with emphasis in…

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Mary Ellen Foster

Lecturer in Social Robotics

University of Glasgow

I am a Lecturer in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. My primary research interests are human-robot interaction, social robotics, and embodied conversational agents. I am a member of the Glasgow Social Robotics group and the Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST), and an Associate Academic of the Institute of Neuroscience and…

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Ulrike Esther Franke

D-Phil Candidate

University of Oxford

Areas of Expertise: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Military Robotics, Military Transformation, Revolution in Military Affairs, German defence and security policy, Terrorism, European politics


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Sally French



I am a digital, social, mobile and emerging media expert, currently heading up social media for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network's MarketWatch site. I am also the creator of TheDroneGirl.com, where I was one of the first journalists to focus on reporting on drones. My coverage has earned me the title of Fortune Magazine's…


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Kajal Damji Gada

Graduate Student

University of Maryland – College Park

I am enrolled in a Masters degree in Robotics at A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland - College Park. I hold a Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication and a Masters in Business Administration for Technology Management from NMIMS University, Mumbai - India.

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Lia Garcia Perez


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Delphine Gattaz

UK country manager


Utterly curious, tech enthusiast, UK country manager @evotionUK - New londoner

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Propa Ghosh

Medical Director of Robotic Surgical Services

Hunterdon Medical Center

Ambitious, forward-thinking physician with the ability to combine surgical expertise, excellent bedside manner,strong business acumen and organizational skills to help develop and foster initiatives from ground-up. Committed to excellence in medicine through propagation of advanced surgical techniques, staying at the frontier of skill and knowledge, and delivering compassionate, 360 degree care.

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Maria L Gini


University of Minnesota

Maria Gini is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She works on decision  making for autonomous agents in many domains, ranging from distributed  methods for allocation of tasks to robots, to exploration of an unknown environment, teamwork for search and rescue, and navigation in dense crowds.…

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Erin Girard

Director of Engineering – Medical Imaging Technologies

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Ana González Ledesma


AISoy Robotics

Máster en Big Data (en curso) Doctorado en Lingüística Computacional Licenciatura en Lingüistica Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica

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Helen Greiner

CTO & Founder

CyPhy Works

Helen Greiner (born Dec. 6, 1967) is CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc, a startup company that acts as a “skunkworks” to design and deliver innovative robots. In 1990, she co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), which has become the global leader of mobile robots with the success of the Roomba™ Vacuuming Robot and the PackBot™ and SUGV Military…

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Adriana Hamacher

Associate Editor


Adriana Hamacher is an award winning writer, seasoned web content editor and BBC trained broadcast journalist and producer. She has written and produced items on subjects from technology to techno, for outlets as diverse as Economist Insights, the Discovery Channel, BBC World and IPC Magazines. She currently writes about robotics and automation, the Internet of…

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Kimberly Hambuchen

Human Robotic Systems Deputy Project Manager


Kim Hambuchen is currently building user interfaces for Vakyrie, a six-foot-two, 286-pound humanoid robot. The two-legged Valkyrie builds on NASA’s Robonaut, a robotic assistant currently onboard the International Space Station.

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Sabine Hauert


University of Bristol

I am a swarm engineer interested in designing large collective systems that self-organize. Swarm strategies are either inspired from nature (ant colonies and bird flocks) or are automatically designed in simulation using machine learning and crowdsourcing. Demonstrated applications include designing swarming nanoparticles for cancer treatment and deploying large aerial swarms for communication relay. Underlying all…

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Samira Hayat

Research and Teaching Staff Member

University of KlagenfurtMobile Systems Group, Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems

Coming from Pakistan, Samira Hayat's first encounter with the word "drones" was not a positive one. She was offered the possibility to work with commercial small drones in 2012. The fascination that she felt with the capabilities of these flying robots has only increased with time. She has analyzed the communication demands of different aerial…

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Dr Elif Hocaoglu

Researcher – Bioengineering

Imperial College London

Elif Hocaoglu graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2005. Then, she received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008 and 2014, respectively. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at both Human-Machine Interaction Laboratory and Brain Computer Interface Laboratory at…

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Ayanna Howard



Currently, I am a Professor and the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I also hold the position of Associate Chair for Faculty Development in ECE and Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS). In 2015, I…

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Kaijen Hsiao


Mayfield Robotics

Pioneering CTO and Robotics Engineer who has been leading innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and hardware/software design and development for over 15 years. History of working on robotics projects that turn into well-funded startup enterprises in the US & Europe. Practical technology leader who recognizes the value of user-centered design principles, iterative development, and ongoing…

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M. Ani Hsieh

Associate Professor

Drexel University

M. Ani Hsieh is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Department at Drexel University. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumn of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. She currently directs the Scalable Autonomous Systems (SAS) Lab at Drexel and her…

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Jasmine Hsu

Software Engineer

GoogleGoogle Brain

Jasmine Hsu is a software engineer with the Google Brain team, focusing on applying deep learning research to robotics.  Her recent work was in imitation learning, and is now currently working on robotic grasping and manipulation.  Previous to Google, she worked for several years in the defense industry working on natural language related projects.  Feel free…

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Connie Hu

CEO & Co-Founder


I co-founded and run ArcBotics, a robotics company whose mission is to teach the world with robotics. We produce a line of affordable, programmable, educational, open source robots, most notably Sparki and Hexy the Hexapod. Our products are used by 1000+ K-12 schools and top universities, and are sold by over 20 distributors worldwide. Our…

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Cecile Huet

Deputy Head

European Commission Robotics Unit

Currently, there is a woman as Deputy Head of the EC Robotics Unit. Cécile Huet is a Belgian electronic engineer. She earned the Ph.D degree from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. Huet did her post-doc in California, partly at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and partly at Signalcom Inc, a spin-off from…


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Audrey Huvet


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Danielle Ishak

Research Associate


I apply user-centered design principles to product research, design, and development of hardware and software products. I have a great passion for new media and technology with an even greater desire to research the best way to integrate new products into our society following scientific rules of Human Factors and Interaction Design.

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Serena Ivaldi



I am a CR2 researcher in INRIA Nancy Grand-Est (France), working in the project-team LARSEN, directed by Francois Charpillet. I am also affiliated with the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab of TU Darmstadt (Germany), directed by Jan Peters. My research is at the intersection of humanoid robotics and human-robot interaction: my focus is on robots interacting…

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Bing Jiang

Co-founder and Owner

Rolling Robots, Inc

Co-founder and owner of Rolling Robots, Inc. - a children's robotics and STEM entertainment and education company offering birthday party service, after-school and weekend STEM workshops, and STEM summer, winter and spring camps. Rolling Robots has 3 locations in Glendale, Rolling Hills Estates, West Los Angeles

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Wafa Johal

Postdoctoral Researcher


Currently Postdoctoral researcher at the CHILI Lab of EPFL, Wafa works on the CoWriter project and the Cellulo project both focusing in educational applications of robotics. In October 2015, she obtained her PhD from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble (LIG). She is interested in developing acceptable and useful robotics application for education, using social signals…

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Mirabelle Jones


Art Against Assault

Mirabelle Jones is a visual artist, writer, and performance artist living in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work combines projection, sensors, animation, Kinect hacking, fiber art, and wood / steel / acrylic fabrication. She is interested in how technology can enhance feelings of safety in public and private spaces while exploring identity formation especially…


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Wendy Ju

Executive Director for Interaction Design Research

Stanford University

Wendy Ju is a PhD graduate of the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and the founder of Ambidextrous Magazine, Stanford University's Journal of Design. Her current research in the areas of physical interaction design and ubiquitous computing investigates how implicit interactions can enable novel and natural interfaces through the intentional management of attention…

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Noriko Kageki

Division Manager, Sales Division

Kawada Robotics Corp.

Business development, Marketing, Sales, Highly effective communicator, Resourceful team builder, Strategic alliances, Bilingual English/Japanese

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MS. Niveditha Chandrasekar Kalavakonda

PhD Student

University of WashingtonElectrical Engineering

Niveditha Kalavakonda graduated with her B.Tech degree from Amrita School of Engineering - Coimbatore, India. She was a Project Associate at the Robotics Lab in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras from 2014-15. She is currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle. She will secure her Masters degree in Spring’17 along the…


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Yeliz Karadayi

Tangible interaction designer

Sony (CCSF)

Hi there! I'm a tangible interaction designer, meaning I design and prototype physical interactions to be used for user research in order to interrogate how best humans can work and communicate with the digital world. Having started out in architecture, I value the importance of materiality, fabrication/design tools, and human factors. I'm currently working as…

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Sivapriya Kaza

Manager – Computer vision & Machine learning

Fellow Robots

Sivapriya Kaza graduated from University of Georgia, Georgia with MS in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She has also received her B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

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Andra Keay

Managing Director

Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition [entries close August 15], cofounder of Robot Garden hackerspace, mentor at hardware accelerators and startup advisor. As well as being an active angel investor…

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Kendra Kerrisk

Principal Research Fellow

University of Sydney

My involvement in investigations into pasture-based robotic milking started back in 2001 when there was only one such commercial farm in Australasia (also commissioned in 2001). Without the research it is likely that adoption of the technology in commercial operations would have been considerably lower and slower than it has been. It was important that…

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Belinda Kilby


Elevated Element

After earning degrees in art and education from Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Belinda Kilby taught art for ten years in the Baltimore City Public School System. After creating art through a variety of media throughout her career, it was a natural progression to contribute to her husband Terry's efforts in designing…


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Franziska Kirstein

Human-Robot Interaction Expert

Blue Ocean Robotics

As a communication designer I explore design opportunities from a user-centered approach. This means understanding users, their situations and perspectives. I am especially curious about how we can make technology easier for users. One specific personal skill that I make use of is understanding and visualizing complicated topics and problems. This gives me a basic…

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Heather Knight


Marilyn Monrobot

I enjoy innovation, entrepreneurship and the creative application of groundbreaking technology. My current focus is charismatic machines and I began my PhD at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute September 2010, where I plan to use theatrical robots to explore new realms for developing socially capable and effective machines. Past work includes space robots, self-awareness software and…

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Valery Komissarova


Grishin Robotics

Valery Komissarova is Business Development Director at Grishin Robotics, the first-ever investment company exclusively focused on consumer hardware, and she has been with the company since the moment of its inception. Prior to that, she oversaw the internal and external relations at the internet company Mail.Ru Group, which is the biggest player in Eastern Europe,…

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Ayorkor Korsah

Senior Lecturer

Ashesi University College

My academic interests are related to the intersection of algorithm design, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Being passionate about education and development, I am also very interested in work that applies these knowledge areas in addressing development challenges.  My PhD dissertation involved developing algorithms for optimal coordination of constrained multi-robot teams.  Other past and current projects,…

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Maria Koskinopoulou

PhD Candidate

FORTHComputer Science Department

I was born and raised in Patras, where I  also completed my graduate studies in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, of the University of Patras (Diploma - five years of studies). In 2012, I continued my studies in Crete, when I turned my research focus on the Computational Neuroscience field. I took my…

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Danica Kragic


Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins…

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Hadas Kress-Gazit

Associate Professor – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Cornell University

Hadas Kress-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and has been at Cornell since 2009. Her research focuses on formal methods for robotics and automation and more specifically on…

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Kavita Krishnaswamy

PhD Candidate

University of Maryland

Kavita Krishnaswamy is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) working with Dr. Tim Oates. She is both a Ford Foundation Predoctoral and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She has also worked at the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center - Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)…

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Maarja Kruusmaa

Professor, Head

TUT Center for Biorobotics

Maarja Kruusmaa received her Dipl Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinn, Estonia) and PhD degree in 2002 in Computer Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology (Gotenburgh, Sweden) and Halmstad University (Sweden). Her PhD thesis focused on robot learning and mobile robot path planning and navigation. In 2002 she co-founded an…

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Kaori Kuribayashi-Shigetomi


University of Tokyo

Ms. Kaori Kuribayashi-Shigetomi was born in Takikawa and grew up in Eniwa, Shizunai and Sapporo. After graduating from Sapporo Kaisei High School, she enrolled in the Course of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Muroran Institute of Technology. Aiming to develop a solar panel that can be spread in aerospace, she sought for a model in nature and…

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Hanna Kurniawati


University of Queensland

My research focuses on algorithms to enable decision theory become practical software tools in robotics. Such tools will enable robots to design their own strategies, such as deciding what data to use, how to gather the data, and how to move, for accomplishing the tasks we want them to do, despite various modelling errors and…

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Andrea L. Thomaz

Associate Professor

University of Texas at Austin

Andrea L. Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. Andrea is published in…

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Cecilia Laschi


Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

The wide framework for the research activities by Cecilia Laschi to date is Biorobotics. Starting from basic robotics research, she has been investigated bioinspired solutions for personal and service robotics. She has been working in neuro-robotics, that is the application of robotics in neuroscience research, and bionics, where she explored the field of natural interfaces.…

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Cori Lathan



Dr. Corinna Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix in 1999 and is currently Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lathan’s diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA), and an Adjunct Associate Professor of…

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Tessa Lau

CTO and Chief Robot Whisperer


My goal is to get robots out into the world doing useful work alongside people. In my position as CTO and Chief Robot Whisperer at Savioke, I lead the software team to develop an autonomous robot delivery platform that allows for just-in-time movement of goods between places in a facility. Our first product, Relay, autonomously…

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Jade Le Maitre

Cofounder & CTO

Hease Robotics

Qualified engineer and scientist with an infectious passion for robotics, entrepreneurship and communication. Blending the love of technology, web and communication skills, with a worldwide network of robotics experts.

Dongheui Lee

Technical University of Munich

Dongheui Lee is an assistant professor at the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany since October 2009. She is the head of Dynamic Human Robot Interaction for Automation System Lab and Carl-von-Linde Fellow at TUM Institute for Advanced Study. She received her B.S. and…

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Nina Lehtinen

Managing Director

Yaskawa Finland Oy

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Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek

Head of the Cognition, Aging and Rehabilitation Laboratory

Ben Gurion University

I am a graduate of UC Berkeley and MIT in Bio-Medical Engineering, and I research human motor control, and how robotic interactions can best be designed for exercise and rehabilitation both in healthy aging and following neurological injury.

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Fei-Fei Li

Associate Professor

Stanford University

I am an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Physics from Princeton University. I am currently the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision Lab, where I work with the most brilliant students…

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Angelica Lim

Software Engineering Manager

SoftBank Robotics Europe

Dr. Angelica Lim received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Intelligence Science from Kyoto University, and B.Sc. in Computing Science with Minor in French from Simon Fraser University, Canada. A key member on the Pepper humanoid robot project with Softbank and Aldebaran Robotics, she has interned as a software engineer and researcher at Google Santa Monica,…

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Susan Lim

C0-Chair, Global Advisory Council, ISSCR

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Susan Lim performed Singapore's first successful liver transplant in 1990.The Business Times named her “Spirit of the Century” role model for the 21st century. During her tenure in Singapore’s public hospitals, she braved international criticism in carrying out duties assigned to her of harvesting organs from excecuted prisoners which she describes in her 2011 TED…

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Gudrun Litzenberger

General Secretary

IFR International Federation of Robotics

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Kari Setsuko Love

Soft Goods Engineer


Kari Love is a soft roboticist at Super-Releaser who has also contracted on NASA-funded space suit research, built Broadway costumes, made and dressed puppets, spoke at the White House representing a hacker space, and been a Zero-G bridesmaid. All improbable, but factual.

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Nerea Luis

PhD Student in Multi-Agent Planning

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

My name is Nerea and I am a PhD student in Multi-Agent Planning and Robotics at Daniel Borrajo's PLG group (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain). I love robots and everything related with Artificial Intelligence. During 2016, I had the opportunity of becoming a Visitor Student for 4 months at Manuela Veloso's CORAL group (Carnegie…

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Gayathri Manikutty

Assistant Professor – Ammachilabs

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Gayathri Manikutty is a researcher and technical manager R&D at Ammachilabs, Amrita university. Her research interests lie in the area of haptics and robotics, ranging from robotics education to implementation of robotic solutions for humanitarian applications. She joined Ammachilabs in 2013 and has been leading the haptics team to develop haptic simulators for manual skill training.…

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Masoumeh Mansouri

Postdoctoral Researcher – Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, School of Science and Technology

Orebro University

Masoumeh Mansouri is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Robotic Systems Lab at the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, Örebro University, Sweden). Her main research interest is to employ artificial intelligence techniques in autonomous mobile robotics, with a particular focus on the use of hybrid knowledge representation and reasoning and meta constraint-based reasoning.…

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Vanashree Sanjeev Marne



Highly motivated, self-driven, detail oriented individual pursuing Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington. My areas of interest are Embedded Systems, Controls & Automation, Robotics etc. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE • Research Assistant at UTA Research Institute (Present) • Immersive & Autonomous Systems/Software Engineering Intern at Rockwell Collins (2.5 months) • Systems Engineer…

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Anne E Martin

Assistant Professor – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Pennsylvania State University

Anne Martin's research is anchored on understanding the causes of and developing interventions for impaired human locomotion by applying nonlinear, robot control theory to human gait. To accomplish this, she is developing novel modeling and control techniques, systematically quantifying the effects of differing walking strategies via simulation studies, and translating the findings into clinical interventions.…

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Maja Mataric

Chaired Professor and Vice Dean for Research

University of Southern California

I am passionate about creating human-centered socially assistive robotics technologies for improving quality of life for special needs populations and aiding people in reaching their full potential.

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Barbara Mazzolai


IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Barbara Mazzolai received her MSc in Biology at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 1994 to 1998 she worked at the Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council in Pisa on the study of biogeochemical cycle of heavy metal…

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Ms Melanie McGee

CEO, Founder, Software Architect and Engineer

We Can Code IT

Founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, and software engineer & architect with nearly 20 years of professional experience, I am humbled to have the opportunity to give back to the community and shepherd new, diverse, programmers into tech careers through We Can Code IT. My interest in…

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Glenys McLaughlin

Watson Executive Architect

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Arianna Menciassi


Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Arianna Menciassi obtained the M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Pisa in 1995 (magna cum Laude) and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in 1999. In the year 2000 she started her academic career at the SSSA with an untenured position of Assistant Professor of Biomedical Robotics and she became…

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Marie-Anne Mittet

Researcher & Localization Specialist – Advanced Engineering


After obtaining my technology degree, I began my studies in engineering school. I was already a robotic lover, but I specialized myself in image processing, and perception, which are essential functions for robotics. I continued to cultivate my passion for robots through various robotic contests. After almost 2 years spent in a research center as an…

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Catherine Mohr

Vice President of Medical Research

Intuitive Surgical

Catherine Mohr, M.D., M.S.M.E. is the Vice President of Strategy at Intuitive Surgical. Since joining the company in 2006, Dr. Mohr has focused on medical research and has been involved in evaluating new technologies and exploring new surgical applications. Prior to Intuitive Surgical, Dr. Mohr was involved with numerous startup companies in the areas of alternative…

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Robin Murphy


Texas A&M University

I am a professor in computer science and engineering with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in computer science, with 6 years of industry experience between degrees. My work is primarily field robotics, working in rescue robotics. In the past 10 years I have focused on human-robot interaction as a means of…

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Rosanna Myers


Carbon Robotics

It started with legos -- now, building kick ass robots that hopefully will help a lot of people.

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Yukie Nagai

Specially Appointed Associate Professor – Graduate School of Engineering

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Radhika Nagpal


Harvard University

Radhika is developing programming paradigms that enable new types of robotic systems to mimic the collective behaviors of living creatures. Inspired by bee swarms and termite colonies, she is applying nature’s approach to decentralized cooperation to engineer new collective systems that meet real-world challenges. Biological systems, from embryos to social insects, depend upon the coordinated…

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Yuki Nakagawa


RT Corporation

The founder of RT Corporation, Yuki Nakagawa, is a highly respected figure in the Japan robotics market. She is the ‘Local Chair’ for the RoboCup Small Size League and is the head of the RoboLDK organization, a competition that focuses on the use of robots in the home (LDK=living, dining, kitchen).

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Kristin Neidlinger



Kristin Neidlinger – futures concepts designer, SENSOREE founder — designs "therapeutic biomedia" bio-responsive fashion and installations to promote extimacy, externalized intimacy. She endeavors to craft phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. She has a background in dance, kinetic costumes, and in physical therapies as a Dance Medicine Specialist. With her MFA from California…

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Ilana Nisky

Senior Lecturer – Biomedical Engineering

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where I am the head of the Biomedical Robotics Lab. I am a member of the BGU ABC Robotics Initiatuve, and I serve on the steering committee of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience @BGU. I am also an Executive Committee member…

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Simona Nobili

PhD Student

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

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Ioana Ocnarescu

Design Researcher

Strate – Ecole de design

I’m a design researcher at Strate - School of design, in the Design Research and Innovation Department. My aim is to promote design research for the design students, and externally, in the design research communities. I conduct research studies, build prototypes, give lectures and take part in tutoring collaborative and multidisciplinary projects. I enjoy working…

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Allison M. Okamura


Stanford University

I am a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. I have a courtesy appointment in the Department of Computer Science. I am affiliated with the Design and Biomechanics Groups, and am a member of the Center for Design Research. I direct the CHARM (Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine) Lab, which…

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Sarah E Oneal

Founder and Host

That Drone Show

Sarah Oneal founded and hosts That Drone Show with her husband, David. That Drone Show covers all topics related to drones - technology advancements, product reviews, photography and cinematography, drone sports, humanitarian uses, business and much more. Sarah also co-founded International Drone Day with David. This is an annual event which educates the press and the…

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Prof. Tal Oron-Gilad

Chair of the Department – Industrial Engineering and Management

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Tal Oron-Gilad is the Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben-Gurion University. She joined the Department as faculty in 2006.  She served as the head of the human factors engineering track for many years. Tal holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Technion, and a Ph.D. from…

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Mihoko Otake

Associate Professor

Chiba University

Mihoko OTAKE has been an Associate Professor with Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan since 2012. She is concurrently the Founding Director of the Fonobono Research Institute (FRI) since 2007. She has been a Principal Investigator of the PRESTO Program of JST from 2010 to present on "Individually Adapted Cognitive…

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Dr Figen Ozen

Assistant Professor

Halic University

Graduate of Bogazici University, Istanbul, TR Member, IEEE, RAS, SMC Academician B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Research interests: Robotics, Signal and Image Processing Current work: Dance and Music in Robotics; Emergency Relief Technologies

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Steffi Paepcke

Interaction Designer

Toyota Research Institute

Steffi Paepcke is the Lead User Experience (UX) Designer at the Open Source Robotics Foundation. She received a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before co-founding the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Steffi conducted Human-Robot Interaction research with Leila Takayama…

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Jamie Paik

Director of Reconfigurable Robotics Lab


Jamie Paik is the founder of the Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (RRL) at EPFL, Switzerland. One of RRL’s latest research efforts is in self-morphing Robotic Origamis that transform its planar shape to 2D or 3D by folding in predefined patterns and sequences, just like origami.

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Frederique Pain

Innovation Director

Strate School of Design

Innovation by Design Innovation Management Design Strategy User Experience Interaction Design Experience Design Design Research Usability Cognitive Science Human Science Management Mobile User Experience Usability Digital Design Big Data InfoLab Internet of Things Customer Experience Design Research Research Management Experience Design Social Robots Collaborative projects Education & Innovation


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Syuzi Pakhchyan

Experience Director

Fashioning Technology

Syuzi Pakhchyan is a user experience designer and author with a passion for crafting next generation wearable technologies. Syuzi is reimagining the design industry with her game-changing insights on the connection between technology and the human body, and her capacity to design meaningful user experiences based on consumer values, motivations and behaviors has attracted global…


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Marta Palau

Project Manager

ROCKEU2 – euRathlon

Marta graduated in Industrial Electronics Engineering from the Escola Universitària Politècnica de Mataró (EUPMT) – Tecnocampus Mataró and has a Masters in Marine Sciences in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona (UB) in collaboration with the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).…

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Lucia Pallottino

Associate Professor

Università di PisaDipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Centro “E. Piaggio”

Lucia Pallottino is currently Associate Professor at the Centro "E. Piaggio" and the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione at the Università di Pisa.  She received the "Laurea" degree in Math from the Department of Mathematics in the University of Pisa in 1998. She got a Doctoral degree in Robotics and Industrial Automation at Centro "E. Piaggio" at the…

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Natalie Panek

Member of Technical Staff, Mission Systems


Natalie is a Member of Technical Staff, Mission Systems at MDA's Robotics and Automation division, working on Canadian space robotics and other space exploration programs. She is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and tech. Natalie is the 2013 recipient…

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Lynne Parker

Division Director

National Science Foundation

Lynne is the Division Director for the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She is at NSF on leave from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been on the UTK faculty…

Nicole Parrot

Software Engineer

Dexter Industries

Nicole joined Dexter Industries after years of homeschooling her kids and teaching many kids about robotics. Her dual background as a software engineer and teacher is put to great use developing new tools and new curricula for the GoPiGo, the GrovePi and the BrickPi, all robotics platforms that take advantage of the Raspberry Pi.

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Viviane Pasqui

Prof. of Mechanic/Biomechanics/robotic


Viviane Pasqui is assistant professor at department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. Her teaching and research interests focus on methods to characterize human motion, even pathological, and designing robots for rehabilitation of patients suffering from motor problems. She has authored/co-authored more than 40 research papers, published in international and national…

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Katerina Pastra


Cognitive Systems Research Institute

Katerina Pastra is the Director of the Cognitive Systems Research Institute, a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing, ATHENA Research Center and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, U.K. She has coordinated a number of  European and national research and development projects, including POETICON++ (FP7-ICT), its predecessor POETICON…

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Samantha Payne

Co Founder and COO

Open Bionics

Co-Founder of Open Bionics; an award-winning startup developing low-cost bionic hands that look and feel good, for amputees or those born without a hand. Now part of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars! Samantha, recently named as one of the top 25 women in robotics you need to know about by Robohub and Marie Claire's…

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Angelika Peer


University of the West of England

Angelika Peer is currently Full Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England. Before, she was senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering of the TU München. Her research interests include robotics, haptics, teleoperation, human-human and human-robot interaction as well as human motor control.

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Kassandra Perlongo

Managing Editor


Kassie is the Managing Editor at Robohub, where she helps coordinate the best editorial process and marketing promotional activities. Kassie is a science communication grad student at UWE, in Bristol. She has been involved in marketing, branding and communications in higher education since 2010 and has worked for UC Davis Medical Centre, Sacramento State University,…

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Elizabeth Phillips


Brown UniversityCognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Science

Elizabeth “Beth” Phillips earned her Ph.D. in 2016 in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the HCRI, she worked with the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance, a multidisciplinary research consortium working towards the development of future human-robot teams. Beth has an interest in how robots and other…

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Alyssa Pierson

Postdoctoral Associate


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Louise Poubel

Software Engineer

Open Source Robotics Foundation

I am a citizen of the world: I grew up in Brazil, went to college in Japan (in Japanese!) and did my masters in Poland and France (in English) - I’ve travelled to over 30 countries! I dream with a world where technology is available and accessible to everyone. Currently I'm working at the Open…

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Teresa Prego

Vice President Marketing

Zimmer Biomet Robotics

Experienced in medical device marketing, market development, strategy and business development.  Currently VP of Marketing leading global marketing and communications for robotics company recently acquired by Zimmer Biomet  (Medtech Surgical, Inc., innovative medical device manufacturer and developers of ROSA® robotic-assisted surgical device for minimally invasive neurosurgery).  Responsible for core marketing programs, business strategies and education for ROSA…

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Dr. Amanda Prorok

Postdoctoral Researcher – School of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Pennsylvania

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, where I work with Prof. Vijay Kumar on heterogeneous networked robotic systems. I completed my PhD at EPFL, Switzerland, where I addressed the topic of localization with ultra-wideband sensing for robotic networks. My dissertation was awarded the Asea…

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Mrs. Karinne Ramirez-Amaro


Technical University of MunichInstitute for Cognitive Systems

Karinne is a postdoctoral research at the Institute for Cognitive Systems at TUM. She studied Computer Systems Engineering at the Technological Institute of Merida (I.T.M.) in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, where she received her Bachelor degree in May 2004. She received a Master in Computer Science with honors at the Centre for Computing Research of the…

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Erin Rapacki

Business Development


I help robotics startups and founding teams with initial product definition and target market research. I care about products that create real tangible value for customers, so my passion is using the customer development process to discover the real value drivers for a product. My experience in pushing robotic technologies into new marketplaces serves as…

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Carol Reiley

Cofounder and President


Roboticist with 15 years of academic/industry experience and a proven success record. She has been a strong leader and innovator in her field/community. Research interests are on the development of intelligent robotic systems that can aid humans in performing skillful tasks more effectively. Carol has been applying techniques from machine learning, computer vision, and natural…

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Wendy Roberts

CEO and Founder

Five Elements Robotics

Wendy Roberts is the CEO and founder of Five Elements Robotics. Five Elements Robotics was founded in 2012, with the goal of revolutionizing the human robot relationship. Mrs. Roberts’ vision is to have robots as an integral part of our everyday lives by providing affordably priced robots that perform necessary functions. To that end, Five…

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Lucy Rogers


Formal education culminated in Lucy being given a doctorate for playing with bubbles. She is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Association of British Science Writers and of the Women’s Institute.…

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Silvia Rossi

Assistant Professor – Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies

University of Naples Federico II

Silvia Rossi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies of the University of Naples Federico II since March 2009. She is currently co-chief manager of the PRISCA (Intelligent Robotics and Advanced Cognitive System Projects) lab. She received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in…

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Daniela Rus



Daniela Rus is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.  Prior to her appointment as Director, she served as Associate Director of CSAIL from 2008 to 2011, and as the Co-Director of CSAIL’s Center for Robotics from 2005 to 2012. She…

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Youmi Sa

Global Business Development

SoftBank Corp.

Strategist, product/project manager in robotics, also Pepper mommy - With our world first humanoid, Pepper, I would love to bring benefit where “ High touch” meets "High tech".

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Suchi Saria

Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University

Saria’s interests span machine learning, computational statistics, and its applications to domains where one has to draw inferences from observing a complex, real-world system evolve over time. The emphasis of her research is on Bayesian and probabilistic graphical modeling approaches for addressing challenges associated with modeling and prediction in real-world temporal systems. In the last…

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Erica Schaefer

Public Affairs & Corporate Communications

Intuitive Surgical

I am a public relations professional who believes that being strategic and creative are not mutually exclusive. My experience is in media relations, public affairs, and marketing communications with tech, mobile, gaming, health, medical, and lifestyle brands, with additional experience in non-profit and political organizations. Specialties: Media relations, strategic and integrated communications planning, creative and…

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Lauryn Elizabeth Schimmel

Managing Director

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Angela Schoellig

Associate Professor

University of Toronto

Angela Schoellig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and heads the Dynamic Systems Lab. She is also an Associate Director of the newly founded Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto. With her team, she conducts research at the interface of…


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Melanie M. Schranz


Lakeside Labs

Melanie works as Senior Researcher in the non-university research center Lakeside Labs in the EU-H2020 project CPSwarm. Her research focus is swarm intelligence in cyber-physical systems on the use case of drones. She holds a master level and doctoral degree in information and communications engineering from the University of Klagenfurt. She gained experience in industry…

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Simone Schürle



Simone graduated in 2009 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, with a diploma (German equivalent to M.S.) in Industrial Engineering and Management. During her studies, she specialised in Micro/Nano Systems and Material Science and was enrolled in two international student projects abroad. She was researching at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in the…

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Katherine Scott

Senior Software Engineer – Rectification Team

Planet Labs

Katherine Scott is computer vision and robotics consultant based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Julie Shah

Associate Professor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Julie Shah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT.…

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Inna Sharf


McGill University

Research Interests Primary Research Theme: Dynamics and Control Research Group/Lab : Aerospace Mechatronics Laboratory Unmanned aerial vehicles: dynamics, navigation and control of small UAVs (quadrotors, indoor airships) Multibody systems: contact dynamics, modeling, simulation, parameter identification. Dynamics, control and motion planning of mechatronic systems: legged robots, space robotic systems. Computational mechanics: contact mechanics, finite elements analysis.…

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Alyssa Simpson

Team Lead – Watson Platform


Experienced product leader. Proven SME in offering + product management, cognitive/AI, business development, rapid prototyping, big data analytics, channel marketing, mobile app design/development/launch best practices, and customer engagement. * Agile team leader, experienced manager of global teams. *Straight-shooter, execution oriented, energetic, critical-thinker, reliable, results-oriented problem solver. * Creatively minded with a background in design and…

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Heather Sorenson


Northwest UAV (NWUAV)

Ten years ago I was asked if I would be interested in helping a friend “with the books a few hours a week” for a new business prospect , while he and 3 others assembled and tested Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) engines in his garage for an up and coming ISR provider. Those few hours…

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Abby Speicher

CEO and Co-Founder


Abby Speicher is the CEO and Co-Founder of DARTdrones, a flight school for drone pilots. Abby started her first company when she was seventeen and graduated from Babson’s MBA Program in Entrepreneurship in May with the Entrepreneurship Award and the Sorenson Scholarship. She is young female entrepreneur forging her way in the male-dominated drone market.…


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Amrita Suresh

Senior – Department of Computer Science Engineering

Amrita University

I am a final-year engineering student pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I have a keen interest in Robotics and Human-Computer interaction and I aspire to undergo a post-graduate specialization in the same. I am an intrinsically motivated learner and possess excellent analytical skills with cross-platform competency. I have also successfully completed multiple projects and…

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Leila Takayama


Hoku Labs

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) researcher with expertise in experimental social science approaches to studying how people interact through and with computers/robots Specialties: Quantitative analysis of experiment data, laboratory experiment design, field experiment design, questionnaire design, social and cognitive perspectives on interaction design

Joanne Talmage

Electronics Robotics Instructor

New Horizons Regional Education Center

Team leader of the FIRST Robotics team 122 NASA Knights for nineteen years. Team leader of the Vex Robotics team - currently-122 for over five years. Started a Robotics FRC team in Eindhoven Holland over four years ago- team 4481 The Rembrandt. These are competition teams. The Electronics program became the electronics-Robotics program because of…

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Adriana Tapus

Full Professor

ENSTA ParisTech

Adriana Tapus researches the personalization of assistive robots, with a focus on life-long learning and adaptive robot behaviors. Tapus develops different models of personalized interaction applied to health-related applications, cooperation and driving tasks. Tapus currently has a HEROES grant for “Haptic Emotional Robot Experiments with Sensitive Body” as well as a DGA Fellowship, and is…

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Stefanie Tellex

Assistant Professor

Brown University

The aim of my research program is to construct robots that seamlessly use natural language to communicate with humans. In twenty years, every home will have a personal robot which can perform tasks such as clearing the dinner table, doing laundry, and preparing dinner. As these machines become more powerful and more autonomous, it is…

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Marlène Thiers

Student in Ergonomics, HCI & UX Design

Université Lumière (Lyon II)

Passionate about new technology (from literature to cinema via Internet and studies) , I want to create usefull and usable devices to enhance human's life ! Involved in Lyon's technological turbulences, I like to participate in multidisciplinary projects, in order to satisfy my hunger for learning, blossom a bit, and also transfer my knowledge and…

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Khiet Truong

assistant professor / human media interaction

university of twente

My main interests lie in analysing and understanding emotionally expressive and social behavior in interactions between humans, as well as in interactions between humans and virtual or physical agents (robots). Using this understanding, my aim is to develop socially intelligent and affective technology. I am particularly interested in (computational) paralinguistics: how do people talk in…

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Dr Antonia Tzemanaki


Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Antonia is a researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory working on surgical robotics, developing a wearable robotic system for tele-operated minimally invasive surgery. During her PhD on medical robotics at UWE, Bristol, she was also a part-time associate lecturer in robotics. She is interested in the human hand and by extension in robotic hands and…

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Laurence Vachon

Western Europe Marketing Manager

The Mathworks

An energetic, creative thinker and problem solver with both a hands-on and strategic approach to projects. With 18 years of experience at managing digital, integrated marketing strategies with the objective to support web traffic acquisition, demand creation and sales enablement in the B-to-B software industry, I enjoy working with Sales and Technical partners to achieve…

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Patricia Vargas

Director of the Robotics Laboratory

Heriot-Watt University

I am the Founder Director of the Robotics Laboratory and Associate Professor/Reader in Computer Science and Robotics at the School of Mathematical and Computer Science (MACS) at the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, from October 2008. My other roles and responsibilities are: International Liaison for Brazilian Students Recruitment and Academics Exchange Member of EDU-RAS Executive Board:…

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Mari Velonaki

Associate Professor

University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Mari Velonaki has worked as an artist and researcher in the field of interactive installation art since 1995. Velonaki has created interactive installations that incorporate movement, speech, touch, breath, electrostatic charge, artificial vision and robotics. In 2003, Velonaki's practice expanded to robotics, when she initiated and led a major Australian Research Council art/science research…

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Manuela Veloso

Head, Machine Learning Department

Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela Maria Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She was the President of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) until 2014, and the co-founder and a Past President of the RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS. She is…

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Maud Verraes


BlueFrog Robotics

With 11 years experience in telecommunications and digital media markets, I am a Business development manager, developing innovative high-tech based business for multinational companies. Working across a range of business models, technologies and value-added services including Multimedia Digital services, Cloud, Robotics, Smart Cities, Biometrics, M2M, Femtocell, Wimax, VoIP, A-GPS, IPTV, streaming, i-mode, m-payment, interactive digital…

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Amy Villeneuve

Chairman of the Board

CyPhy Works

Focused and passionate leader who envisions, creates, and executes with skilled persistence. She was most recently recruited by Bain Capital Ventures to spearhead the growth of a tech startup and ultimately lead its acquisition by Amazon for $775M. She has a track record of inspiring wins, increasing valuations, and producing change. Within the venture capitalist…

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Dr Valentina Vitiello

Scientific Manager – Institute of Healthcare Engineering

University College London

I am a Scientific Manager at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and the Translational Imaging Group at University College London. Currently, I am managing GIFT-Surg, an Innovative Engineering for Health Award from the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC. I am a Medical Engineer and before joining UCL I have been working on translational research at the…

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Lekha Walajapet Mohan

Graduate Student

Carngie Mellon University

My interests lies in computer vision, path planning, robot autonomy and product development. I intend to enhance human- robot interaction through my research and design robotic systems that augment the quality of human lives. I am very passionate about the applications of computer vision and deep learning in robotics: mobile robots and autonomous vehicles in…

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Pree Walia

CEO & Co-Founder


Pree Walia is a co-founder and CEO of Preemadonna. Preemadonna is a technology company building smart products and powering creative platforms for girls and women. Our first product is the Nailbot - which prints custom instant nail art with your phone! Preemadonna's industry awards include: TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Finalists, Robot Launch First Runner Up,…

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Rosalie Wang

Assistant Professor

University of Toronto

Rosalie’s research interests include assistive technologies to enhance function and quality of life of older adults, strategies to improve quality of life for long-term care home residents with dementia, the application of robotics and artificial intelligence in rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions, knowledge translation (clinical implementation and commercialization) of rehabilitation technologies, mixed methods (combined…

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Barbara Webb


University of Edinburgh

My main research interest is in perceptual systems for the control of behaviour, through building computational and physical (robot) models of the hypothesised mechanisms. In particular I focus on insect behaviours, as their smaller nervous systems may be easier to understand. Recent work includes study of some of the more complex capabilities of insects, including…

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Marie Weiss

Project Manager

IRT Jules Verne

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Gretchen West

Co-Executive Director

Commercial Drone Alliance

Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group in Silicon Valley. Gretchen is also a leading policy advocate in the firm’s Government Regulatory practice group, with a focus on drone technology, automated driving and other innovative technologies. Gretchen has served the…

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Antonella Wilby

Doctoral Student

Julie Willey

Head of Hardware Engineering

Nixie Labs


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Lisa Winter

Engineering Project Manager


A roboticist since childhood, Lisa has 20 years experience designing and building robots. She was crowned the Robot Wars Middleweight World Champion, a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has been in such publications as the SF Chronicle, and MAKE magazine. In 2012, Lisa cofounded smart toy company Robot 11, building smart…


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Anouk Wipprecht

Designer + Creative Director

Anouk Wipprecht

With a background in [Fashion] Design, Interaction Design and Tinkering - Dutch FashionTech Designer Anouk Wipprecht intersects fashion and technology on topics as interactive couture, wearable devices and smart textiles. Partnering up with companies such as American multinational technology company INTEL, software producer Autodesk, internet giants Google and Microsoft, car brand AUDI, and leading 3D…

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Melonee Wise


Fetch Robotics

For the past 14 years I have been designing, building, and programming robotic hardware. As part of past projects, I have had the opportunity to develop algorithms, libraries, and hardware for an autonomous boat, autonomous car, personal robot platforms, battlebots, and several low cost platforms. From this experience, I have gained a broad understanding of…

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Ms Melonee Wise

CEO/Robot Ninja

Fetch Robotics

For the past 14 years I have been designing, building, and programming robotic hardware. As part of past projects, I have had the opportunity to develop algorithms, libraries, and hardware for an autonomous boat, autonomous car, personal robot platforms, battlebots, and several low cost platforms. From this experience, I have gained a broad understanding of…

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Jing Xiao


University of North Carolina – Charlotte

My research interests cover intelligent systems in general and span robotics, haptics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. From spatial/geometric reasoning, planning, and computation in robotics, physical simulation, and haptics, to learning (Bayesian and neural networks), and to optimization with evolutionary computation and other heuristic methods.

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Holly Yanco


Umass Lowell

I have been conducting research in the area of human-robot interaction for over 20 years. My research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is funded by the National Science Foundation, NIST, DARPA, Microsoft, Google and the Army Research Laboratory. I also consult on the design and evaluation of human-robot interaction. Clients include iRobot, MobileRobots Inc.,…

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Prof. Miriam Zacksenhouse

Assoc. Prof. – Mechanical Engineering


Miriam Zacksenhouse received B.Sc. degrees in mathematics and physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1977, and in mechanical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, in 1980, M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,MA in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from…

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Cristina Zaga

PhD Candidate

University of Twente

I am a PhD student at the Human Media Interaction department at the University of Twente, under the supervision of Vanessa Evers and Manja Lohse. I am working alongside the EU FP7 SQUIRREL project (Clearing Clutter Bit by Bit) (http://www.squirrel-project.eu/) and I focusing on child-robot interaction. In particular, my research revolves around the design and…

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Yao Zhang

CEO and Founder

RoboTerra, Inc.

Yao Zhang, founder & CEO of RoboTerra Inc., former co-founder of Minds Abroad, is a 2016 Young Global Leader recognized by the World Economic Forum for her outstanding work in ed tech and innovation. Yao has worked with a variety of companies and organizations in both US and Asia on ed tech products, ed tech…

Xiaorui Zhu


Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School

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