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Henrik I. Christensen,
Henrik I. Christensen,
Dr. Henrik I. Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, UC San Diego. He is also the director of the Contextual Robotics Institute.
He is an academic doing research on robotics and artificial intelligence, the main editor of the US National Robotics Roadmap, and an entrepreneur. He has co-founded multiple companies including Robust.AI, Christensen Consulting Group, AeroScan, and Intelligent Machines. He is also engaged in investments in publicly traded companies and start-ups through companies such as ROBO Global (co-founder) and Spring Mountain Capital (advisor).
Dr. Christensen does research on robotics and AI, with an emphasis on a systems view to problems. The research has been published in 350+ contributions across AI, Computer Vision, and Robotics. The research has been adopted by companies such as Electrolux, ABB, KUKA, Weda, BMW, Boeing, iRobot, PerMobil, General Motors, … He serves as a consultant to agencies and companies across four continents.
Wyatt Newman is a leading researcher in the areas of mechatronics, robotics and computational intelligence, in which he has 12 patents and over 130 technical publications. After earning degrees from Harvard College, MIT and Columbia University, he was named an NSF Young Investigator in robotics, and subsequently was named a Herbold Fellow, a Tau Beta Pi “distinguished engineer,” a Woody-Flowers FIRST-robotics mentor awardee, and a CWRU awardee for teaching and for leadership. In 2007, he led “Team Case” in the DARPA Urban Challenge, involving autonomous vehicles operating among live and robotic traffic.
In addition to visiting appointments at Sandia Labs, NASA, and Princeton, Wyatt has held international appointments at Philips (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at U. Edinburgh, and The Hung Hing Ying Distinguished Visiting Professor at U. of Hong Kong. Prof. He also led HKU’s team in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, involving humanoid robots for disaster response.
Wyatt is an active member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board.
Illah R. Nourbakhsh,
Illah R. Nourbakhsh,
Illah R. Nourbakhsh is K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University, inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Shared Prosperity, and co-director of the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.
In 2009 the National Academy of Sciences named him a Kavli Fellow. In 2013 he was inducted into the June Harless West Virginia Hall of Fame. He was previously Robotics Group Lead for NASA/Ames during the MER landings. In 2019 he was named a Hastings Fellow. He has co-authored textbooks and popular literature, including Robot Futures. He is a trustee of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Winchester Thurston School and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. He is an active member of the R OBO Global Strategic Advisory Board.
Daniela Rus is the Director of CSAIL at MIT. She serves as the Director of the Toyota-CSAIL Joint Research Center and is a member of the science advisory board of the Toyota Research Institute.
Rus’s research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The recipient of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award from the Robotics Industries Association, she is also a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, AAAI and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Daniela earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University and is an active member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and studying Mandarin at Nanjing University, Louis joined the French Army where he served as a second lieutenant in a mountain infantry battalion. After leaving the army, he worked as a financial analyst with Paribas in Paris and Hong Kong. He then launched Gavekal Research with Charles Gave and Anatole Kaletsky in London in 1999.
Since 2002, Louis-Vincent has been based in Hong Kong where he oversees Gavekal’s money management business and contributes to the firm’s research. He has written seven books. The latest, Avoiding the Punch, was published in August 2021. He is an active member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board.
Morten Paulsen is the Head of Research and a Managing Director at CLSA Japan. He has covered the Japanese robotics and machinery industry as a Tokyo-based equity analyst since 1999. Morten was among the first financial analysts to highlight the Asian Automation trend as an underlying driver for the sector over a decade ago, and he has built strong relationships with automation equipment suppliers and system integrators across Asia.
Morten joined CLSA Japan from WestLB Securities Pacific in 2003, and he has received numerous rewards for his research. He was ranked number-one in his field by AsiaMoney every year from 2007 to 2013 (the segment was discontinued in 2014), and he was ranked by Starmine as one of Japan’s top 10 stock pickers in 2013. Morten is an active member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board.
Zeno brings nearly a decade of experience in research, due diligence, growth strategy, and partnership development across enterprise SaaS, healthcare, artificial intelligence and blockchain. He currently resides in Palo Alto, California after living in New York City for seven years.
Prior to ROBO Global, Zeno worked at Bluemont Partners as a Principal Consultant supporting clients across numerous industries and stages with fundraising, growth and partner strategy, research, due diligence and project management.
Prior to Bluemont, Zeno worked in enterprise SaaS at Transperfect, the world’s largest provider of language and LegalTech services, and HighQ, a London-based enterprise collaboration SaaS company acquired by Thompson Reuters. In these roles he helped build out cross-selling capabilities, integrating new AI and security technologies, conducted go-to market research and strategy work, and honed product design for clients in private equity, venture capital and Fortune 500.
Zeno started his career in Investor Relations and Portfolio Monitoring at Stepstone Group, a global private markets firm with over $100 billion in AUM covering venture capital, growth equity, real assets and large buyout strategies. Zeno graduated from the University of Tennessee Gary Rollins College of Business.
Richard Lightbound joined ROBO Global in 2014. In addition to managing daily operations in Europe and Asia, he is responsible for executing the firm’s global business strategy.
Richard has worked for 15+ years within the financial services sector with Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank in senior management positions with responsibility for Institutional and Corporate clients across Europe, MENA and Asia. He enjoyed a 7-year break from banking to join an early cloud computing company funded by Warburg Pincus (now part of Infor) where he launched and managed operations across Asia and Europe.
A frequent speaker at Robotics & Automation conferences and events, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong, USA, Europe, and Sri Lanka.
Brad joined Robo Global in March of 2018 as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Operations. Prior to joining Robo, he spent the previous 16 years at Smith Group Asset Management, a Dallas-based investment advisor, where he was the head of the firm’s technology, software development, and trading operations and a member of the quantitative research team.
Brad earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2004 and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Dallas-Ft. Worth.
Axel Belorde joined ROBO Global in 2021 from data & analytics company Palantir Technologies where he was responsible for building new commercial partnerships. Axel worked with customer operational and technical leadership as well as data engineering teams to best leverage Palantir Foundry’s analytics and AI capabilities to solve operational business problems. Prior to Palantir, Axel spent 7 years in investment management in London at hedge fund investor Liongate Capital, BlackRock and LGIM. Axel joined LGIM, UK’s largest investment management firm, in 2015 and led the provision of investment solutions to private banks, asset managers, wealth managers and other organisations across French speaking Europe and Italy.
Axel is an MSc in Management & CEMS graduate from the London School of Economics (LSE) and HEC Paris. He also holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and an Institut d’Etudes Politiques degree in France. Axel has followed the executive programme on Artificial intelligence at MIT. Axel is a dual French – British national, originally from Brittany, and speaks Italian.
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“Advancements in robotics and AI are turning healthcare support and virtual nursing from concept into reality at just the right time. Augmenting human teams via eldercare robotics and AI is one of the most efficient ways to increase the quality of care for the elderly and fill that gap.”
Daniela Rus, Director of CSAIL at MIT
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“All too often, the “race to AI” is viewed as a drag race, with the winner defined as the first one to reach the finish line. What we’re learning today is that speed does not always equal success. Perhaps the most important lesson AI has to teach us is this: in everything we do, humans matter. It’s that simple.”
Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics, Director of the CREATE lab and Associate Director for robotics faculty at Carnegie Mellon University
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