Highlights in 2017

Hyperloop One: Building The Range Extender For Autonomous Urban Mobility

Nick Earle leads Hyperloop One’s Global Field Operations. In this role he is responsible for all customer and partner activities for the company around the world and runs Hyperloop One’s worldwide sales, consulting and business development organization. Nick is a highly respected sales leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience in large corporations and start-ups. Hyperloop One is based in Los Angeles California and is the leading company designing and building the first new mode of transportation since the Airplane in 1903.

Prior to Hyperloop One, Nick led the Cisco’s Services global field organization, growing the business to over $10B US in revenue, and was responsible for the company’s global cloud go-to-market strategy. He has held senior executive roles at Hewlett Packard, where he was responsible for the company’s early Internet strategy, and ran the Worldwide Enterprise Marketing function. Nick was the CEO of StreamServe, a privately held software company that was sold to OpenText, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba, Inc., which was acquired by IBM.

Nick is an authority on emerging business models having co-authored two books; Mesh Collaboration: Creating New Business Value in the Network of Everything (2008) and From Dot.com to Dot.profit (2000).  He was voted #2 in Computer Reseller News list of the 25 most ‘Disruptive Channel Executives in IT globally’ and was recently recognized as one of the top four Global Cloud Executives who ‘have shaped cloud’s present and will likely have a major impact on its future’ by CIODive.

Nick holds a first class honors degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University, and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA program. He is a board member of Eseye, an IOT company, and Fly Victor, a leading platform for chartering private jets.

Robots leaving the production halls – an overview of current Autonomous Systems projects

Roland Siegwart (1959) is Full Professor for Autonomous Systems at ETH since 2006 and Co-Director of the Wyss Translational Center Zürich since 2015. He was Vice President Research and Corporate Relations of the same Institution from 2010 to 2014. After a Master and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, senior researcher at ETH and R&D director at MECOS Traxler AG. From 1996 to 2006 he was Professor for autonomous robots at the EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland and member of the board of directors at the School of Engineering (2002-06).
Roland Siegwart is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE Fellow and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He served as Vice President (2004/05) and AdCom Member (2007/10) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and was a member of the final decision body of the German Excellence Initiative. He is co-founder of multiple successful spin-off companies in robotics and related fields and is/was board member of various Swiss institutions and foundations.
He is a strong promoter of project based learning as a key asset in engineering education and sustainable industrial alliances for accelerating technology transfer and innovation.
Roland Siegwart's research interests are in the design and control of robots and systems operating in complex and highly dynamical environments. His major goal is to find new ways to deal with uncertainties and enable the design of highly interactive and adaptive systems. Prominent application examples are walking quadrupeds, personal and service robots, planetary exploration robots, autonomous micro-aircrafts and driver assistant systems.

Autonomous Systems for Critical Safety Applications: Case of Studies in Aerospace and Nuclear Fields

Dr. Hamza Boukabache is a project leader at CERN and the deputy head of radiation instrumentation and logistics section. He is currently leading a team in charge of the development of new generation of autonomous ionizing radiation monitors.
Hamza has previously worked in aerospace field for various aircrafts and helicopters programs with responsibilities in development projects which include: embedded avionics, robotized tests benches for Airbus final assembly lines, predictive maintenance systems for rotary wings … 
He obtained his PhD degree in Micro and Nano-Systems in 2013 and he was awarded for his work in heterogeneous aircraft structural health monitoring. He had his master degree in electronic and automatic control from the French Institute of Applied Science in 2009. He also had the same year a master degree in micro technology from the University of Toulouse in France.

Automation on Steroids – Autonomy beyond self-driving cars

Georg von Wichert promotes the cognitive capabilities and autonomy of technical systems of all sorts. His specialties include robotics, image processing, computer vision, control systems, cognitive systems, driver assistence systems.

He is Head of Research Group, Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Control at Siemens AG, and an External Lecturer for Advanced Robot Perception at the Technische Universität München, as well as a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow with the Intitute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München. Previously he served as a Senior Key Expert Autonomous Systems and Program Manager at Siemens AG, and started his career at Siemens as a Senior Research Scientist.

Honors & Awards: Rudolf Diesel Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München


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