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San Diego Robotics Ecosystem Event

on June 5, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Topic Info
Co-hosted by: San Diego IEEE, San Diego Robotics Club, UC San Diego Association for Robotics Graduate Students

You are invited to meet and listen to local robotics movers and shakers!

Opportunity to revitalize and reform IEEE San Diego Robotics & Automation Society Chapter - RAS, Need 10 member Signatures!!

Speaker Bio

Opening Remark:

Henrik Christensen (Director, Contextual Robotics Institute, Computer Science and Engineering)

1st panel session: - Moderated by: Hansol Hong (CEO, Robolink)

Braydon Moreno (Co-Founder, Robo 3D)

Dave Twining (COO, Planck Aerospace)

David Bruemmer (CEO and Founder, Adaptive Motion Group)

Leo Trottier (CEO, CleverPet)

Upkar Dhaliwal (C.Eng. Founder, Biz Dev, Cognition Systems & IEEE + SDIEEE)

2nd panel session: - Moderated by: Tim McConnell (Robotics and UAV Specialist, Contextual Robotics Institute at UCSD)

Jack Silberman (Lecturer, Contextual Robotics Institute at UCSD)

Ryan Tseng (CEO, Shield AI)

Terry Parisher (CEO, Straight Up Imaging)

Todd Hylton (Exec Director, Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD)

Jean-Baptiste Passot (VP Software Engineering & AI at Brain)

Table Demo: Philip Hollingsworth (Senior Technical Engineer, Universal Robots)

Bio for speakers and Moderators


Opening Remnarks


Henrik Christensen

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


Panel1 Moderator

Hansol Hong


Panel 2 Moderator

Tim McConnell

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


Braydon Moreno

Braydon Moreno graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Management and Entrepreneurship. He is an entrepreneur and the founder of Robo 3D, a desktop 3D printer designer and manufacturer from San Diego, CA. Robo 3D was bootstrapped in 2012 on a dining room table in Pacific Beach. Since then, Robo has raised over $1,000,000 on crowdfunding two 3D printers as well as sold product to over 4500 cities across 105 countries around the world. Recently, Robo 3D went public on the Australian Stock Exchange and is expanding rapidly to become a major player in the deskop 3D printing industry. Braydon was honored in the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 class for manufacturing as well as the 2016 Dealerscope 40 under 40 class. Braydon is on a mission to create companies that can have a global impact.  

Leo Trottier


Leo Trottier is an entrepreneur, cognitive scientist, and product designer. He is co-founder and CEO of CleverPet, a startup that uses smart hardware to teach pets automatically through advanced cognitive and behavioral science techniques. In 2016 he led the successful launch of the category defining CleverPet Hub, the first interactive game console able to engage other species. Since then, CleverPet has been featured by the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, CNET, USA Today, Mashable, the Daily Mail, and hundreds of other publications around the world. CleverPet Hubs are now providing 10s of thousands of daily interactions to dogs, cats, and other animals in homes around the world. Leo is an alumnus of San Diego's EvoNexus and Techstars programs. He has an undergraduate degree from the cognitive science and A.I. program at the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego. Before CleverPet, Leo ran Scholarpedia, an academic equivalent of Wikipedia, where he worked with Nobel Laureates to "wikify scholarly canons.


David Bruemmer

Mr. Bruemmer is Chairman and CEO of Adaptive Motion Group which provides Smart Mobility solutions based on accurate positioning and autonomous vehicles.  Previously, Mr. Bruemmer co-founded 5D Robotics - a company that has grown steadily, supplying innovative solutions for a variety of automotive, industrial and military applications.  Mr. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics programs for the Army and Navy, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  He has patented robotic technologies for landmine detection, urban search and rescue, decontamination of radioactive environments, air and ground teaming, facility security and a variety of autonomous mapping solutions.  Mr. Bruemmer has authored over 60 publications and has been awarded 20 patents in robotics and positioning. He recently won the South by Southwest Pitch competition and is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and the Stoel Reeves Innovation award.  Mr. Bruemmer led robotics research at the Idaho National Lab for a diverse, multi-million dollar R&D portfolio.  Between 1999 and 2000, Mr. Bruemmer served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he worked to coordinate development of autonomous robotics technologies across several offices and programs.

Jack Silberman

Jack Silberman has over 20 years experience in automation and robotics. He started working in robotics while pursuing his B.S. in electrical engineering in Brazil. Dr. Silberman did robotics post graduate work in England, he holds a master's degree from PUC-Rio in mechanical engineering, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University where his research was on mobile field robotics reliability. Jack has worked in educational robotics, NASA sponsored mobile field robotics, semiconductor automation, biotech, and medical devices. Currently Dr. Silberman is the Commercial QA Area Manager for Canada and Latin America with Abbott Diabetes Care (ADC) and part of the team deploying wearable embedded sensing technology, moreover Dr. Silberman is a lecturer at University of California San Diego Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and associated with the Contextual Robotics Institute teaching Introduction to Autonomous Vehicle and advising dozens of university students on robotics related projects. 

Dave Twining


Dave Twining is the co-founder and COO of Planck Aerosystems. He started Planck Aero along with his partners with the goal of putting a drone on every boat. Since then, that has expanded to truck-based operations as well. He came to Planck with a background in high reliability space electronics, including avionics, subsystems, payloads, and radios for satellites. His work focused on ensuring high reliability for SWAP constrained systems that must operate in harsh environments, so it is was a perfect parallel to UAVs. At Planck, he has led efforts for business development within the government sector, expanded exporting of Planck's products, protecting intellectual property, as well as product development and support. He studied physics at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara.

Upkar Dhaliwal


A Professional Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK, an Parallel Entrepreneur and Wireless Technology subject matter expert on Mobility, He has hands on wireless and internet experience undertaking Application, Intellectual Property, Business Development and Technical advisor support on Present and Future Wireless Technologies and its product development for startups, OEMs, private equity and with most of Market Leaders. He is a senior Wireless & RF System Architect Executive an industry expert serving on numerous industrial/ technical/policy bodies with US National Policy influences and technical societies with specialized knowledge and technical leadership for many Startup and the investment community. At present, working on beyond 4G charting towards 5G in terms of UxV, Cognitive Radios, Distributed Mesh Sensor Radios and beyond LTE-Advance into the World of Big Data and Internet of Things IoT that will drive next generation of Internet. Volunteering in many IEEE roles. He grew up in West London England and studied for Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Engineering, Leeds and University College London Universities respectively,

IEEE TTM 2018 Local Arrangements, IEEE San Diego Section Pst. Chair, IEEE COM-SOC Region 6 NA Board Member, IEEE IOT-J Steering ExCOM, SDN-I, 5G-I, CEO FutureWireless Technologies, Biz Dev: Cognition SystemsPhluidoAgShiftBig DataFederation


Ryan Tseng


Ryan is the CEO of Shield AI, a company backed by Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture funds. Shield AI is working collaboratively with the Department of Defense to field the first artificially intelligent systems for service members on the front lines. The company produces Hivemind, an artificial intelligence that enables robots to see, reason about, and search the world.  Shield AI presently offers a first-of-its-kind AI-powered drone that searches buildings while simultaneously streaming video and building maps.  Shield AI’s robots can access and explore denied areas such as building interiors and caves to gather mission-critical, ground-level intelligence. The robots learn from and become more capable through their experience. Shield AI’s portfolio of technologies includes state-of-the-art approaches to perception, mapping, multi-robot systems, and learning. Prior to Shield AI, Ryan created numerous technologies that helped launch the modern wireless power industry. Technologies he and his teams created formed the cornerstone of a wireless charging standard that was adopted by 200 companies, including market leaders Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, and Verizon. Ryan also led the development of a wireless charging product that was recognized by TIME magazine as a Top Ten Product of 2014, alongside the Tesla Model S, iPhone 6, and Oculus Rift. Ryan has 16 patents issued. Ryan earned his MBA from MIT. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. 


Terry Parisher

Terry W. Parisher is the founder and CEO of a San Diego-based small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) design and manufacturing company. He also works part-time as an Unmanned Systems Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In 2015, Terry established a company that designs and manufactures sUAS for commercial use. His team’s innovative and advanced system designs result in an ongoing collaboration with the UAS community to help further the growth of robotics. He joined Northrop Grumman Aerospace in September, 2010. While working with NGC, Terry was a Business Development Manager responsible for business growth, marketing, customer interaction, operations and strategic planning for all Tactical Unmanned Systems serving the Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations. In Terry’s current position, he contributes to the implementation and execution of unmanned systems worldwide. Terry retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 after 21 years of service holding the ranks of an enlisted Airman and Soldier, warrant officer, and commissioned officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1999. His warfare specialty was Aviation serving as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior rotary-wing and Military Intelligence C-12 fixed-wing pilot. His operational deployments include Desert Shield/Storm, SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aviation support to DHS, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The last eight years of his career was in Unmanned Aircraft Systems commanding three separate companies and completing his career at the Joint UAS Center of Excellence at Creech AFB, NV. The UAS platforms he commanded include the MQ-1C Warrior A (Predator) for Task Force ODIN, RQ-5A Hunter, MQ-5B Hunter, and the RQ-7 Shadow. His most recent deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 was as the site lead for the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter in support of US land and coalition forces. Terry holds a master’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.


Todd Hylton

Dr. Todd Hylton is the Executive Director of the Contextual Robotics Institute and Professor of Practice in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC San Diego. His research interests include novel computing systems and their application to autonomous vehicle and robotic systems. Prior to his appointment at UC San Diego, he was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Research at Brain Corporation, a San Diego-based robotics startup. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Hylton served as a Program Manager at DARPA where he started and managed a number of projects including the Nano Air Vehicle program, the SyNAPSE program and the Physical Intelligence program. Prior to DARPA, he ran a nanotechnology research group at SAIC, co-founded 4Wave, a specialty semiconductor equipment business, and served as CTO of Commonwealth Scientific Corporation. Dr. Hylton received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1991 and his B.S. in Physics from M.I.T. in 1983.


Jean-Baptiste Passot

A VP Software Engineering & AI at Brain Corp, Building brains for robots! Graduating from University Pierre and Marie Curie with a PhD in Computational Neuroscience, my research and efforts aim at bridging the technology gap from neural science research to commercialized robotic products. I joined Brain Corporation in 2012, an R&D and product company with a focus in robotics and artificial intelligence (note: not Skynet) and am leading a team of incredible robotics engineers, computer scientists and software engineers in the research and development of a next generation mobile collaborative robotic navigation system.  When I'm not building robots, you can find me riding my motorcycle, having wine, boxing or surfing in San Diego! 

Location Qualcomm Auditorium Building AZ 10155 Pacific Heights Boulevard · San Diego, CA
5:30 - 5:50 Registration
5:55 - 6:05 Welcome and opening remark

6:05 - 6:35 1st Panel session
6:35 - 6:45 Job announcements & other announcements
6:45 - 7:05 1st Breakout/Networking session

7:15 - 7: 45 2nd Panel session
7:45 - 8:05 2nd Breakout/Networking session
8:10 - Closing
Cost No cost with RSVP otherwise $5 at door


San Diego Robotics Ecosystem Event
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
5:30 pm  |  Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)  |  3 hrs
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