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Keynote Sessions

 

 

- Charles Cartwright -
Program Manager
Future Combat System (Brigade Combat Team)

As Program Manager, Future Combat System (Brigade Combat Team), Major General Charles Cartwright provides oversight and direction for the
Department of Defense’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.  FCS is a networked "system-of-systems" combining advanced communications and technologies to link soldiers with both manned and unmanned ground and air platforms and sensors. As the basis for the Department of Defense's visionary transformation plan, FCS will significantly increase the Army's agility and reduce logistics requirements, allowing it to go anywhere and to overcome any adversary. FCS is also designed from the ground up to enhance joint operations and coordination between U.S. and coalition forces.

Prior to becoming FCS Program Manager, General Cartwright held many leadership positions in the Army including Deputy Commanding General for Systems of Systems Integration, US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, United States Army Materiel Command and Assistant Deputy for Systems Management, and Horizontal Technology Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).  He holds a MS degree from Florida Institute of Technology and has attended numerous including the United States Army War College.  General Cartwright’s
awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal and others.

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- Daniel Zanini -
Program Manager
Future Combat System (Brigade Combat Team)

Daniel R. Zanini, Senior Vice President, is SAIC’s Program Manager for the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. Helping lead the Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) and industry team, Zanini also serves as the overall Deputy Program Manager, FCS, and is responsible for all aspects of FCS program management. FCS is a major Army transformation initiative in the System Development and Demonstration Phase and is valued at $21.2B.

Prior to his current assignment, Zanini retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant General, after more than 37 years of service. Immediately prior to retirement, he commanded the Eighth U.S. Army in Korea with concurrent duties as Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. He has previously held a wide variety of important command and staff positions. Key assignments held recently include Deputy Chief of Staff for Combat Developments, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Assistant Division Commander for Maneuvers, 4th Infantry Division, and Chief of Staff, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Washington, DC; Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Commander, 1st and 3d Brigade, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe and Saudi Arabia; United Nations Military Observer, Palestine; and as a Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, New York. His combat experience includes two tours in Vietnam with Advisor Team 46, U.S. Military Assistance Command, and with 2d Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2d Armored Division; and as a Brigade Commander in Desert Storm. Zanini's Awards and Decorations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with Numeral Device "2", the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska iand a Masters Degree from the University of Kansas. His military education includes completion of the Armor Officer Advance Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

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- Colin Angle -
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
iRobot

Colin Angle guides the strategic direction of iRobot. Angle is a true pioneer in the field of mobile robots, designing the behavior-controlled rovers for
NASA that led to the Sojourner exploring Mars in 1997. But more importantly Colin has pioneered business models and relationships responsible for the introduction of multiple commercially viable robotic products in commercial and consumer markets. Colin's vision and commitment were recently recognized when he was named one of the Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2003 (with iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner). This prestigious award lauds his vision, skills, accomplishments and determination in fostering the growth of a brainchild into a successful business. Colin holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an master's degree in computer science, both from MIT.

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 - Frederic Ramioulle -
Vice-President, Business Innovation Center
Honeywell Aerospace

As Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace's Business Innovation Center, Frederic Ramioulle leads the organization responsible for developing business activities that present significant growth opportunities beyond the company's core aerospace businesses. Previously Frederic, who joined Honeywell in March 2003, led the strategic planning activities of Aerospace Electronic Systems and initiated a number of new business building activities intended to take our core technologies and capabilities into new market segments. This effort led to the creation of the Aerospace Electronic Systems Business Innovation Center in December 2004, an initiative that has now expanded across Aerospace. Before joining Honeywell, Frederic was an Associate Principal for McKinsey & Co. , and was also part of McKinsey’s Automotive and Assembly sector. From 1996 to 1998, he was Research and Marketing Director of Plastic Omnium’s Fuel System and Blow Molding Division in Compiegne, France. Frederic began his career in 1989 as a Research Engineer for the Solvay Research Center in Brussels, Belgium. He holds a master's degree in Electro Mechanical Engineering from Brussels University's Polytechnic School and an MBA from Oakland University.

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 - Walter Weisel -
Chairman & CEO
Innova Holdings

Walter Weisel, Chairman & CEO of Robotic Workspace Technologies, has had a multifaceted career that spans over 29 years of direct robotic and
automation industry experience. From Cincinnati Milacron, working hands-on with machine controls and computers, to working with the initial developers of the industrial robot, at Unimation, Inc., Walter Weisel's strong leadership and vision found him at the helm of Prab Robots, Inc. as COO, President and CEO; while also serving as a three term President of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). During his tenure at Prab Robots, Inc. he took the company public with a successful public offering, and grew revenues over 700%. Walt is a recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award, and has also served as President of Robotics International, which represents over 12,000 members.

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 - Red Whittaker -
 Director, Field Robotics Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics
Engineering Consortium, all at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the Chief Scientist of RedZone Robotics. Red has an extensive record of successful developments of robots for craft, labor and hazardous duty. Examples include robots in field environments such as mines, work sites and natural terrain. His portfolio includes the development of computer architectures for controlling mobile robots; modeling and planning for non-repetitive tasks; complex problems of objective sensing in random and dynamic environments; and integration of complete field robot systems. Red is widely known for his achievements in the robotics community. A few of his awards include the Engelberger Technology Award Design News Special Achievement Award Hero of Manufacturing Award Aviation & Space Technology Award . Red holds Ph.D. a in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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 - Paolo Pirjanian -
 President and CTO
Evolution Robotics

Dr. Paolo Pirjanian is President/CTO of the Evolution Robotics. Paolo was a lead engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on robotics technologies for space exploration. Results of his work have been featured on CNN and other media. Paolo was also a faculty member in the Computer Science department of the University of Southern California, where he teaches graduate level artificial intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. from Aalborg University in Denmark. He recently won the IEEE and Automation "Early Career Award" for the best, upcoming roboticist of 2004.

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 - Dan Kara -
President
Robotics Trends

As President and Co-Founder of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the burgeoning personal, service and mobile robotics
markets, Dan Kara provides strategic direction for the company.  Dan was the developer and past chairman of the Emerging Robotics Technologies and Application Conference and the RoboNexus Confernece and Exposition.  He is also the developer and current chairman of the RoboBusiness Confernce and Exposition. Dan also provides editorial oversight to RoboticsTrends.com, the leading online portal covering the intelligent, mobile robotics market.  Prior to forming Robotics Trends, Dan was Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, a leading integrated conference and media company focused on emerging information technology markets.  He has also served as VP of Advanced Information Technology Research at Sentry Group, VP and Director of Research at Ullo International, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Software Productivity Group, an integrated publishing, conference and analyst services firm focused on the enterprise software marketplace. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University.

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General Session Speakers

 

 

 

Joel Adams  -
Founder
Adams Capital Management

Joel founded Adams Capital Management in 1994 and has led its growth to $700 million capital under management. As a General Partner, Joel is responsible for identifying, leading and managing investments in his area of domain expertise. Before establishing ACM, Joel served for eight years as Vice President and General Partner of Fostin Capital Corp., a Pittsburgh-based, family-owned investment firm. Prior to Fostin, Joel served for seven years as a nuclear test engineer for General Dynamics, where he managed chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering teams and directed nuclear power plant sea trials. Joel is a director of several private and public companies, a member of several charitable organizations, a frequently requested speaker on the topic of venture capital, and a board member of Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jim Albers  -
Chief Technology Officer
CoroWare Test Labs

Over the course of a twenty five year period, Jim Albers has held significant system and software engineering posts in embedded, medical,
 mobile/wireless, security, and telematics companies where his role was to drive fast time to market products in competitive markets. As CTO of CoroWare Test Labs, Jim Albers oversees all JAUS and SAE AS-4 compliancy testing for Coroware and its customers and partners. Prior to joining Coroware, Jim held software/hardware engineering leadership positions at Kodak Health Imaging, Wingcast (a joint Ford/Qualcomm joint venture), ViA PC and Motorola Motorola Computer Group.

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Michael Biggee  -
Senior Associate
Trident Capital

Michael Biggee joined Trident Capital as a Senior Associate in 2005. Prior to Trident, Michael was a Senior Associate at Dolphin Equity Partners where
from 2001 to 2005 he focused on investments in emerging marketing, wireless and enterprise software companies. Previously, Michael worked with Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in their Global Technology Group focusing on initial public offerings within the Internet marketing, e-commerce, IP television and semiconductor industries. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Michael worked as a Research and Development Engineer and Manufacturing Systems Engineer for Procter & Gamble and General Mills, Inc. Michael earned his Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University, graduating with honors. He also holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell, magna cum laude.

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Bruce Boyes  -
President and Technical Director
Systronix

Bruce Boyes is president and technical director of Systronix, a developer of embedded Java systems for industry and education. He was adjunct assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah for three years, teaching a senior project class. This class used embedded realtime Java to implement smart autonomous robots. Bruce is the founder of the java.net robotics community, where he oversees several open-source robotics projects, and is a board member of JDDAC at java.net. He is an influencing member in the OMG Robotics Standards DSIG, and is an active co-chair of the OMG Robotics Domain Task Force Profile Working Group. Current custom commercial projects include smart high-power, DOT-compliant LED strobes, a low observability aircraft coating tester, and a homeland security project to harden SCADA networks used by power utilities. Systronix is also releasing a COTS line of autonomous robotics products in 2006, targeting universities and advanced researchers.

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Neena Buck  -
Vice President, Emerging Frontiers
Strategy Analytics

Neena Buck is Vice President of the Emerging Frontiers Program at Strategy Analytics, an industry analysis and market research firm. The Emerging Frontiers program is focused on assisting clients visualize how the application of new technologies could help them transform their future products, services and business models. Prior to launching the Emerging Frontiers program, Ms. Buck was the founder of Common Knowledge Cambridge, a research, analysis and technology strategy firm focused on tracking and anticipating under-the-radar technologies and their impact on businesses, consumers and society. She was previously Vice President and Research Director of emerging technologies at New Science Associates, a market research and technology strategy firm that is now part of the Gartner Group. She served as Director of Marketing at DRI/McGraw-Hill, the economic forecasting arm of Standard & Poor's. In addition, she worked in advanced technology research, marketing, software development and hardware design at IBM Corporation and General Motors. At IBM she worked on the development and marketing of new-generation computing architectures, intelligent systems and natural language processing software. At GM’s Delco Electronics (now Delphi) she was the lead hardware design engineer for one of the Cadillac Division’s first engine-control computers. Ms. Buck specialized in artificial intelligence research at Yale University, where she was a PhD candidate in Computer Science. She studied international trade in a post-MBA joint business/law program at the Université Jean Moulin, in Lyon, France. She holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Curtis L. Carlson Graduate School of Management and has a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Howie Choset  -
Associate Professor of Robotics
Carnegie Mellon University

Howie Choset is an Associate Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University where he conducts research in motion planning and design of serpentine mechanisms, coverage path planning for de-mining and painting, mobile robot sensor based exploration of unknown spaces, and education with robotics. In 1997, the National Science Foundation awarded Choset its Career Award to develop motion planning strategies for arbitrarily shaped objects. In 1999, the Office of Naval Research started supporting Choset through its Young Investigator Program to develop strategies to search for land and sea mines. Recently, the MIT Technology Review elected Choset as one of its top 100 innovators in the world under 35. Choset directs the Undergraduate Robotics Minor at Carnegie Mellon and teaches an overview course on Robotics which uses series of custom developed Lego Labs to complement the course work. Professor Choset's students have won best paper awards at the RIA in 1999 and ICRA in 2003. Finally, Choset is a member of an urban search and rescue response team using robots with the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue. Recently, in collaboraiton with Marco Zenati, MD at the University of Pittsburgh, and Alon Wolf, PhD at the Technion in Israel, Choset founded a medical device company based on a snake robot concept for minimally invasive surgery.

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Bob Christopher  -
CEO, Board Chairman & Cofounder
UGOBE

A seasoned entrepreneur, Bob Christopher has founded and led a number of successful start-up companies in the technology and consumer markets.
Mr. Christopher helped launch the Voice-over- IP industry through the creation of ISPtel, an international clearinghouse connecting over 35 of the world's largest phone companies. Understanding market challenges and visionary opportunities, he has helped companies in their formative stages to develop market strategies, partnerships, operations and launch consumer and enterprise products. Mr. Christopher's leadership skills have attracted talented management teams, industry alliances, strategic advisors and partnerships that are needed to execute on emerging business models. Both an excellent communicator and team builder Bob is able to lead diverse teams and inspire great performance that drives bottom line results. An experienced executive leader, Mr., Christopher has contributed to the success of Zentera, Five 9, Circle 24, ValuCircle, Jopari, Mercotel, and NextSport.

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Eric Close  -
 President and CEO
Red Zone Robotics

 

Eric Close serves as the CEO of RedZone Robotics, Inc. and is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of company. Mr. Close has extensive experience building and managing both product and serviced based emerging companies. Prior to RedZone, Eric co-founded PartsZone Inc., created by the merger of STRATOLIFT, LLC of Morgantown, PA, TIME CONDOR Inc. of Waco, TX, and MINNPAR, INC. of Minneapolis, MN. Although Eric serves only as a passive investor currently, he was instrumental in growing the company in 2001 and 2002 to the current $18 Million from a virtual startup in 2001. In 2000 Eric joined Blue Fish Labs, Inc., serving as its primary financier and spearheading the successful strategic sale of the company to Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) within five months. In 1998, Mr. Close and an associate acquired ProLine Services, a railcar manufacturing and maintenance provider. They turned the company around, taking it from the brink of bankruptcy to the successful sale to Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN)in January 2000. Eric has also served as a management consultant for Coopers and Lybrand Consulting. He has also served as a design engineer, product line manager, and sales engineer for a motion control and robotics company, Performance Controls, Inc. Eric received the 1999 Western Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is the primary inventor on two patents and has four patents pending. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Anthony Diodato  -
 President
Cypress Computer Systems

 

Anthony J Diodato has been involved in the security and access control industry for over 20 years. He has personally designed and produced over 100
commercial products, and as president of Cypress Computer Systems continues to provide unique solutions to everyday challenges in the Homeland Security marketplace. Anthony also heads CSS Robotics, a reseller of MobileRobots' PatrolBot robotic platforms optimized as remote surveillance and verification platforms (RSVP) and marketed under the brand RoboSentry™.

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Vincent Dupourque  -
CEO
ROBOSOFT

 

Vincent Dupourqué has a longstanding carrier as a researcher and project manager in robotics. His main background is overall design and automatic control of complex manipulator and mobile robots. After 10 years as a researcher at INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique), he became President and Technical Manager of ROBOSOFT in 1991. At ROBOSOFT he has been responsible for several industrial projects in the field of service robotics including industrialization of the ROBOSOFT proprietary mobile platforms and control technology and industrialization of the solutions for automatic transport of people, called robuCAB and robuRIDE.  He was also central to the industrialization of the solutions for automatic cleaning of windows, called robuGLASS. The first ones have been developed for the pyramide du Louvre, the Georges Pompidou hospital and the Grand Stade de France (all in Paris). Vincent is author or co-author of more than 20 international papers and 2 books, and has managed several basic research projects in the field of automatic control of robots. He holds a PhD (Université Paris XII) and Docteur es-Sciences (Université de Franche- Comté) in Robotics.

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James English  -
President and Chief Technical Officer
Energid Technologies

James English is the President and CTO of Energid Technologies, an engineering company providing software and products for robotics, machine vision, and simulation. At Energid, he has overseen the development of the Actin robotic control toolkit and the Selectin 3D visual object identification and tracking toolkit. He began his career in automation at the Raytheon Missile Systems Company in Tucson, Arizona, developing the high-fidelity AIM-9X missile simulation. Prior to starting Energid Technologies in 2001, he designed and oversaw the development of a battlefield simulation focused on helicopter dynamics and control for MAK Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. James holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, has written many articles on robotics and machine vision, and holds a patent on robot velocity control.

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Joseph Fernando  -
Architect & Program Manager
Microsoft
 

Joseph Fernando is an Architect and Program Manager at Microsoft. Joseph has over 15 years experience in the computer industry in engineering, product development, and architecture. Previously, Joseph has driven initiatives to enhance software architecture, design and development practices at Microsoft. Further he has architected productivity tools, has served as a Development Manager in the Digital Media Division, and has led multiple teams in Visual Studio/Development Division. He has helped ship over 15 products while at Microsoft Corporation. He earned his undergraduate degree from Knox College with a double major in Computer Science (Honors) and Physics; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University. His graduate research was in the area of adaptive controls.

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Maurice Ferre  -
President and CEO
MAKO Surgical Corp.
 

Dr. Ferré has over fifteen years of corporate management experience, including 10 years as a CEO. Dr. Ferré is the former founder and CEO of
Visualization Technology, Inc. (VTI). Maurice built VTI to become the market leader in ENT image-guided surgery, with greater than $20 million in revenues and 150 employees. VTI was sold to GE Medical in 2002. Dr. Ferré also has been the Chairman of Image-Guide Robotics, and worked as VP of Strategic Development at GE. He worked in strategic initiatives in GE before joining MAKO (Z-KAT) in January 2004. Dr. Ferré has an M.D. and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University
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Krien Fitzpatrick  -
Founder & Chief Technology Officer,
HyperActive Technologies

Krien Fitzpatrick has over 20 years experience in the application of advanced robotics to practical business solutions. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Fitzpatrick was co-founder of the NASA-sponsored National Robotics Engineering Consortium in 1994. He went on to become CTO of Tpresence, an Internet computing technologies company; Managing Partner of Mammoth Ventures; and co-founder of HyperActive Technologies. Mr. Fitzpatrick received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science in 1997.

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Scott Friedman  -
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
SEEGRID

 

As Chairman and Chief Executive officer, Scott Friedman is responsible for managing all functional areas of the company including sales, marketing, business development, finance, and engineering. Scott founded CareFlow|Net, an enterprise medical software company, in 1996. In March 2003 he completed the sale of CareFlow|Net to Medquist, a $500M division of Philips Electronics NV (NYSE: PHG). At the time of sale, CareFlow|Net products were in use at over 100 facilities, and, were used on a day-to-day basis by over 45,000 allied health professionals, nurses, and doctors. Prior to founding CareFlow|Net, Scott served as a consultant to BioTransplant, a spin-out of the Transplantation Biology Research Center at Harvard University School of Medicine, where he provided technology assessment and pharmacoeconomic analysis in allogeneic and xenogeneic organ transplantation. BioTransplant was subsequently merged into Immerge BioTherapeutics as a joint venture with Novartis Pharma AG. Scott has an MD from West Virginia University and a BA from The University of Michigan, Honors College.

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Martin Hale   -
Managing Director, Applied Technology
Pequot Ventures

 

Martin Hale, Jr. joined Pequot Ventures in 1997 and is a Managing Director and is a member of the Pequot Ventures’ Investment Committee. Mr. Hale, together with Mr. Poch, is principally responsible for Pequot Ventures’ investments in applied technology, including aerospace, defense and industrial technology. Mr. Hale has more than 10 years of investment experience in technology companies. Mr. Hale has specific additional responsibility for identifying recapitalization and private placement opportunities in public companies. An example of such a recapitalization is Analex Corp., a publicly-traded provider of complex engineering and IT services primarily to the defense and intelligence agencies. Mr. Hale joined Pequot Ventures in 1997 from Geocapital Partners, an early stage venture capital firm. Prior thereto, Mr. Hale was a Research Analyst in information technology mergers and acquisitions at Broadview International.

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Basil Horangic -
General Partner
Austin Ventures

 

Basil Horangic has been a venture investor for the past 8 years. He started at Oak Investment Partners and joined Austin Ventures 5 years ago. He is interested in wide variety of technologies that have disruptive potential, and often helps to start and incubate companies. Basil has recently been active in Data Center equipment (Azul, Augmentix, Conformative [INTC], Copan, Egenera, and Newisys [SANM]), Semiconductors and Components (Alereon, Coldwatt, NetEffect, Stream Processors and Sychip [Murata]) and in EDA/IP (Innovative Silicon, Nascentric and Pyxis). Basil is also interested in Consumer Devices for entertainment (Rockitcast), utility (Anthron) and medical use, as well as various clean technologies. At Oak, Basil sourced and helped develop a number of successful Telecom projects (Springtide [LU], Telica [LU], and Coretek [NT]) and also helped manage a variety of Software and Services ideas (Entevo [BVEW], Vicinity [MSFT], iMarket [DNB], TheStreet.com [TSCM], and Xelus [CKCM]). Basil spent his early career at McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and a PhD program at the University of Chicago. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Operations Research from MIT. He has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and in Economics from MIT. 

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Todd Jochem  -
Founder and President
Applied Perception

 

Todd Jochem is founder and president of Applied Perception, Inc. For the past 14 years, Todd has worked exclusively in the area of mobile robot and
 intelligent vehicle applications. This work has included developing self driving cars for future transportation applications and driver warning systems to prevent crashes caused by drowsiness. More recently, he has led DoD funded efforts to improve unmanned ground vehicle performance in unstructured terrain for applications like patient rescue, sentry/reconnaissance, and environmental assessment. Todd holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996.

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Bradley B. Keller   -
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Co-Director, Heart Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
 

Bradley B. Keller, MD, is an accomplished clinical cardiologist, scientist, administrator and educator. Since joining Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg as
chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology in 2002, he has directed an expansion of the clinical pediatric cardiovascular program while broadening his investigation of the physiology and biomechanics of developing cardiovascular systems to include several complementary areas of research. In collaboration with faculty at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, Dr. Keller is working to develop novel image and positioning technology for fetal cardiovascular intervention as part of an academic-industry partnership with CASurgica, Inc. Dr. Keller is the senior author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews, and book chapters. He serves as a national and international peer-reviewer for the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Dutch Heart Foundation. He is a member of more than a dozen professional and scientific societies and has received numerous honors throughout his career, including 2004 and 2005 Patient Satisfaction Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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David Landis  -
Vice President, Education and Training
The Technology Collaborative

Dave Landis is V.P. for Education and Training at The Technology Collaborative where he manages Professional Development, Workforce Development,
Continuing Education, and University Curriculum programs. Prior to his current employment, Dr. Landis held University appointments including Senior Scientist and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His industrial experience includes work at RCA’s Advanced Technology Laboratory and Honeywell’s Space Systems Group. Dr. Landis received the Ph.D. EE from the Pennsylvania State University, the MS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and the BS EE Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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Richard Lunak   -
President & CEO
Innovation Works

Rich Lunak is President & CEO of Innovation Works, a non-profit organization providing business expertise, seed capital and other resources to high-
potential, technology start-up companies in Southwestern PA. Rich leads the organization’s efforts to invest in and assist companies that create high-paying jobs, attract additional capital to the region, and sustain their competitive advantage. Prior to joining Innovation Works in 2004, Rich was a successful technology entrepreneur, leading Automated Healthcare from a three-person, local start-up to a $65 million acquisition by McKesson Corporation, the nation’s 16th largest company. As Group President, McKesson Automation, Rich led five autonomous business units which created and maintained nearly 500 local engineering and manufacturing jobs and employs more than 1,600 nationally. He was responsible for acquiring new technologies and the design, development and rollout of numerous robotic, automated and software products that are installed in leading healthcare providers across the country and around the world. Rich is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Technology Collaborative (previously the Pittsburgh Robotics Initiative), and serves on the Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering Advisory Board. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds several U.S. patents.

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Robert Mainhart   -
Program Manager
Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA)

Robert Mainhart manages CERMUSA’s robotic and remote telecommunications programs and assists in the management, organization, implementation,
and continuous development of the organization’s other telehealth and distance education research projects. He is the author of several publications on the application of high quality video in a variety of delivery platforms for distance education.

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Stewart Moorehead  -
Senior Engineer, Intelligent Mobile Equipment Group
 John Deere

Stewart Moorehead is a Senior Engineer in the Intelligent Mobile Equipment Group at John Deere's Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division. While at Deere, he has worked on control and perception aspects of the Autonomous Stadium Mower and R Gator projects. Currently, he is working on advanced perception capabilities for the R Gator and is leading John Deere's enterprise wide machine perception efforts.

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Michael O’Connor  -
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Novariant

Michael O’Connor is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Novariant, Inc., a leading provider of GPS-based semi-autonomous vehicle steering
solutions for industrial markets, including agriculture, mining, and transportation. Novariant was founded in 1996, and received its first round of Venture Capital financing in 2003. In 2004, Novariant was included in Inc Magazine’s list of 500 fastest growing private companies. Dr. O’Connor received a Bachelor’s Degree from MIT in 1992 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1997. While at Stanford, Michael and his team developed the world’s first GPS-based hands-free steering system for farm equipment. Michael was recently named by Technology Review Magazine as one of the top young innovators of 2003.

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Jim Osborn  -
Executive Director of the Medical Robotics Technology Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Jim Osborn Jim "Oz" Osborn is Executive Director of the Medical Robotics Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as MERITS of Pittsburgh, a program to stimulate collaborations between clinical and technological researchers. He is also the Coordinator of University Life Science Initiatives for Carnegie Mellon. Most recently, he co-founded the Quality of Life Technology Center, a joint initiative of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he founded a regional economic development group, the Pittsburgh Robotics Initiative. From 1985 through 1999, he held research and management positions in Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and led several multi-$M robotics R&D projects sponsored by the US DOE, NASA and industry, including the first robot to explore an active volcano and robots for investigation of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents. He has served as a board member of several professional society robotics divisions, chaired two technical conferences, and authored 25 papers and technical reports on robotic systems and applications. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil and Biomedical Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Eric Paljug  -
CEO
Sensible Machines

Dr. Eric Paljug is CEO of Sensible Machines, a company focused on commercializing technology for low cost and precise outdoor navigation. Sensible
Machines is a recent spin-out from Carnegie Mellon University and it was founded by Dr. Sanjiv Singh, Stephan Roth and Eric Paljug. In his role as CEO, Eric brings significant experience in business and technology. Eric was a consultant for McKinsey and Company and a Director at FreeMarkets (now Ariba). From 1992 to 1995, he was a Member of Technical Staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Eric has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Tom Panzarella  -
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Freedom Sciences

Tom Panzarella is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Freedom Sciences, LLC. As CTO, Tom leads a team of engineers focused on
commercializing the Automated Transport and Retrieval System (ATRS), a robotic assistive technology solution that provides independent transportation for those with disabilities. Prior to joining Freedom Sciences, Tom spent the past 10 years working as a software engineer in various industries. Some of his past work includes the development of robotic shop floor automation systems and the implementation of an artificial neural network for data processing and knowledge discovery of pharmaceutical data. Tom holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University.

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Timothy Pasko   -
Program Manager, Gladiator Program
BAE Systems

Tim Pasko is a certified project management professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and has been in the field for 20 years. He has industry experience with Texas Instruments, and defense program management experience as a Program Manager with BAE Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Applications Programming, and has attained a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. He has been an active member of PMI since 2004, and is presenting at the PMI Global Congress in October 2006.

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Jorgen Pedersen  -
CEO
RE2

In his current role as President and CEO of RE2, Jorgen Pedersen manages a multitude of projects and subcontracts for defense government agencies including an adaptive control unit and robotic arm for EOD operations on small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and the development of the semi-autonomous Polaris ATV under the Advanced Robotic Controller (ARC) program for the US Army Rapid Equipping Force. Other projects include onboard vehicle software and electronics development under the Team Excalibur Phase II Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV) for the US Marine Corps under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the development of the semi-autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the Team Blitz Phase II&III Perception for Off-Road Mobility (PerceptOR) program for DARPA. Mr. Pedersen is a voting member of the JAUS Working Group and the SAE AS-4 committees and is a member of the JAUS Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Weapons Payload Subcommittee under both the JAUS and SAE committees. Pedersen holds a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a M.S. degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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-  Robert Playter  -
Vice President of Engineering
Boston Dynamics

Robert Playter is Vice President of Engineering at Vice President of Engineering. He has led R&D activities involving development of robotic followers, robot simulation, and soldier virtual prototyping. He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1994. His thesis included programming a one meter tall, 3D Biped Robot to do the world's first 3D robotic somersault. Playter was a US National Champion Gymnast in 1985 at Ohio State University.

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Arthur Quaid -
Director of Robotics
MAKO Surgical Corp.

Arthur Quaid has a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and fifteen years of academic and industry experience with robotics and automation systems, spanning mechanical design, real-time software, control theory, calibration, and haptics. He is currently the Director of Robotics at MAKO Surgical, where he is leading the development of interactive robotic systems for use in orthopaedic surgery. He was previously the Director of R&D at z-kat, inc. and contributed to early work in robot-assisted TKR at Northwestern University.

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Stan Reiss -
General Partner
Matrix Partners

Stan Reiss, a General Partner in the Waltham office, joined Matrix Partners in July of 2000. Prior to Matrix Stan was a manager in McKinsey &
Company's electronics practice, where he led teams that advised technology companies on strategy and operational issues. He also brings to Matrix experience that he gained designing chips with National Semiconductor's Local Area Network Group. Stan holds a B.S.E.E. with distinction from Cornell University as well as S.M.E.E. and S.M.O.R. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focused on optical communication networks. He also holds an M.B.A. with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School. Stan serves on the board of Intelliden and Noble Device Technology.

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Bruce Thompson  -
Director of Engineering
McKesson Automation

Bruce Thompson is the Director of Engineering at McKesson Automation in Pittsburgh, PA, where he leads an engineering team in development and support of McKesson’s hardware products including the RobotRx®, a centralized, robotic drug distribution system to automate storage and dispensing of bar coded, unit dose medications. McKesson Automation Inc., a business unit of the Fortune 16 McKesson Corporation, manufactures and markets inpatient medication and supply management systems that help hospitals re-engineer their medication use and supply management processes to reduce errors, improve cost savings and enhance the quality of care. Prior to joining McKesson, Bruce was Chief Technology Officer at RedZone Robotics Inc., developing robotic solutions to remediate nuclear and hazardous sites including the Pioneer system created for work in the damaged Unit 4 reactor at Chernobyl. Bruce holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

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Tandy Trower  -
General Manager
Microsoft

Tandy Trower has a 24 year history with new products and technology initiatives at Microsoft bringing to market new products as diverse as Microsoft Flight Simulator to Microsoft Windows. In addition, as a strong proponent of the importance of design in human-computer interaction he has contributed to the company’s investment in improving its user interfaces, founding the company’s first usability labs and product design roles. He continues to investigate and drive strategic new technology directions for the company and incubating new projects.

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Louis Ross  -
Managing Director
Global Emerging Technology Institute

Louis Ross is the Managing Director and COO of the Global Emerging Technology Institute (GETI) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization which is dedicated to
surveying and analyzing emerging technology development trends overseas in comparison with activity taking place in the United States. Prior to founding GETI in 2001, he was Equity Strategist, Asst. Vice President in the Research Department of Merrill Lynch Japan (MLJ) in Tokyo where he and his team were responsible for managing the Japan Portfolio for MLJ while advising large domestic and foreign institutional investors. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ross worked as an Assistant to the Financial Attaché’, Treasury Department., U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as a Rotary International Japan Ambassadorial Scholar. HE has also worked as a Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASDAQ), as an Industry Analyst, and was an Intern for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in the Office of Economic Analysis and the Office of International Affairs. Louis Ross is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR) and a former co-Chairman of the International Investment Committee of the New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA).

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Sanjiv Singh -

Associate Research Professor
Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Sanjiv Singh is a leader in researching and developing autonomous navigation technology for Field Robotics. He is an Associate Research Professor
at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and has been active in robotics research for over 20 years. His research focuses on perception in natural environments and on multi agent coordination for complex tasks such as large-scale assembly. He has led projects in the automation of truck haulage, excavation, planetary exploration, precise coverage of large areas, patrolling by autonomous ground and air vehicles, and assembly of structures in earth orbit. He is a Founder and Chief Scientist of Sensible Machines, a company focused on commercializing technology for low cost and precise outdoor navigation.

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-  Jon Siegel -
Vice President of Technology Transfer
Object Management Group

Jon Siegel, OMG's Vice President of Technology Transfer, heads OMG's technology transfer program with the goal of teaching the technical aspects and benefits of the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) based on OMG's industry-standard Unified Modeling Language (UML) and its foundation standards: the MetaObject Facility (MOF), XML Metadata Interchange (XMI), and the Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM). Also included in scope is OMG's industry-standard middleware, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and MDA-based industry-specific standards. In this capacity, he presents tutorials, seminars, and company briefings around the world, and writes magazine articles and books including the popular "CORBA 3 Fundamentals and Programming" and "Quick CORBA 3". With OMG since 1993, Siegel previously chaired the Domain Technology Committee responsible for OMG specifications in the vertical domains.

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-  LLoyd Spencer  -
CEO
Coroware

Lloyd Spencer is president and CEO of CoroWare, a systems integration firm that specializes in integrating robotic applications with off-the-shelf hardware and standard operating systems. Lloyd has more than 20 years of experience in the computer and networking industries in engineering, product marketing, business development, and sales management. His expertise spans a spectrum of service provider industries and technologies, including distributed network computing and embedded systems hardware development. Previously, Lloyd has served as vice president of marketing and sales at eQuest Technologies; Solutions Unit manager at Microsoft; and assistant vice president and business sector manager at Newbridge Networks. At this time, CoroWare has agreed to be acquired by Innova Holdings, subject to approval by both boards of directors, execution of a definitive agreement and regulatory approvals.

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Jay Srini  -
Vice President, Emerging Technologies
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Jay Srini is an experienced professional with more than 20 years of hands on operational, technology and executive leadership experience. She has
proven expertise in multiple industries (financial, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare) and diverse organizations that include, startup, large brick and mortar as well as academic institutions. Her background includes extensive healthcare experience and very strong operational and technical experience encompassing strategic and tactical planning, product design and development, personnel management and organizational startup activities. Jay currently provides strategic direction and input regarding emerging technologies and solutions to UPMC through her current role as Vice President, Emerging Technologies. She was a managing director for E-health initiatives at Internet Venture Works where she led technology and industry assessments of opportunities presented by strategic partners, investors and external sources also served in interim executive management roles for its portfolio companies. She has a formed a niche consulting firm Strategic Consulting Solutions focusing on the integration of technology and business operations for established institutions and startup ventures. She has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and has completed an Executive Education course in E-commerce at the Kellogg's School of Business. She serves on the Advocacy Committee of HIMSS and chairs their Legislative Review taskforce in addition to serving on the advisory board of select technology firms in Pittsburgh. She is also an active board member of Pennsylvania e-health initiative and Rainbow kitchen in Pittsburgh and has recently elected to the HIMSS board.

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Jerry Stanley -
 Program Manager, Autonomous Navigation System Project
Carnegie Mellon University

Jerry Stanley is currently the Program Manager on Carnegie Mellon University's Autonomous Navigation System Project. Jerry has over 20 years
experience as a software engineer, systems engineer, and in technical project management. Has worked in aviation, rail transportation, and academia over the course of his career. Jerry holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI.

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-  Naveena Swamy -
Co-founder & CEO
RoboTech Center

Naveena Swamy is a co-founder & CEO of RoboTech Center®, Center for Game Design, Robotics & Animation Technologies based in Nashua, NH. She has held positions at IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, Cadence Design Systems, Viewlogic Systems, and Sycamore Networks. Her passion is to research new paradigms in cooperative playful mobile robots. She is the publicity chair of IEEE (New Hampshire chapter) and holds an MS (electronics), an MBA, and has pursued research at the Indian Institute of Technology in Optical communication.

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Bill Thomasmeyer -
EVP, Technology Collaborative and
President, National Center for Defense Robotics

William A. Thomasmeyer is President, National Center for Defense Robotics & Vice President of The Technology Collaborative.  Bill has a strong
entrepreneurial background as a CEO and senior executive in several software and information technology businesses. Bill founded the National Center for Defense Robotics in July 2002 as an outgrowth of a project he undertook on behalf of Silicon Triangle Associates, a consulting organization where he started to assist technology companies with strategic marketing and business development issues. From 1997 to 2001, he headed two subsidiaries of Mestek, Inc., as this $350 million Massachusetts-based company sought to expand its presence in the health care software market. After spending the first year as President of Mestek Technology researching possible acquisition targets, he assumed overall management responsibility in 1998 for MCS, a $17 million home health care software company. Bill also headed up Virtual Microsystems and Logicraft Information Systems. He also has had 12 years of successful entrepreneurship in software and computer technology, including co-founding Software Illustrated, a software/multimedia company, and held a succession of positions, including Vice-President of Marketing with Ross Systems, a financial timesharing and software company, after starting his career as a programmer analyst for On Line Systems in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in Computer Science.

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Aldo Zini  -
President & CEO, Aethon, Inc.

Aldo Zini is the President and CEO of Aethon, Inc., a robotic company that has developed an innovative automation platform to improve supply chain
logistics. Aethon’s current focus is healthcare, where its core product, the Tug, is being used to automate the delivery of goods (meds, supplies, meals, equipment, etc.) in hospitals. From 1991-96 Aldo was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Automated Healthcare, who developed the first robotic medication dispensing system for hospitals (Robot-Rx) and was acquired by McKesson in 1996. From 1996 to 1999, Aldo assumed corporate responsibilities with McKesson as Senior Vice President of Marketing, where his Institutional Division’s annual sales grew from $1 billion to $5 billion. In 2000, Aldo joined a small early stage pharmacy software company, TechRx, as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In two years, through acquisitions and internal growth, TechRx became the largest provider of software solutions to the pharmacy industry, and was sold to NDC Corporation. In 2002, Aldo invested in the start-up of Aethon, founded by robot entrepreneur Henry Thorne, and soon after became the company's President and CEO. Aldo received a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Public Management (health systems) from Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

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