EECS | CITRIS Frontiers In Technology Speaker Series 2017


  David Merrill

  Speaker Event Info

  University of California Merced, Classroom & Office II Building (COB2), Room 140
  Date: March 10, 2017
  Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Lunch provided to RSVPs

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  Inventing in the Research Lab vs Startups

 

Abstract

In this talk I will compare and contrast research vs startup innovation, based on my experiences at Stanford, the MIT Media Lab and Bay Area startups. I’ll discuss how the desired outcomes of each context encourages different kinds of risk and exploration, takeaways from my research experiences, and how we structure the early ideation process at Lemnos Labs where I am an Entrepreneur In Residence.

Bio

David Merrill is a technology executive and hardware startup founder with a computer science and human computer interaction background. His tactile learning system startup Sifteo – based on his Ph.D. from MIT - was acquired by drone-maker 3D Robotics in 2014 to become the kernel of a new consumer product group. At 3D Robotics he took various roles on the team that launched Solo: the Smart Drone in 2015, then he led R&D and IP.

Alumnus of MIT, Stanford Computer Science and Symbolic Systems. TED speaker. Human-computer interaction expert. Drone builder. His work has been featured by the Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Wired, and the New York Times.

Merrill is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at Lemnos Labs, an early-stage VC firm in San Francisco, working on the next project.


  Mark Palatucci

  University of California Merced, Classroom & Office II Building (COB2), Room 140
  CANCELLED

 

 Bringing Intelligent Characters to Life

Abstract

Mark Palatucci is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Anki, a consumer robotics and artificial intelligence company. While at Anki, he helped lead software development of Anki Overdrive and Cozmo, two award-winning and best-selling smart-toys of 2016. Mark and his colleagues from the Robotics Institute co-founded the company in 2010 with the belief that entirely new classes of adaptive and intelligent devices will be made possible by recent advances in artificial intelligence and plummeting prices in computing hardware. After working several years to develop core technology prototypes, Mark and his co-founders relocated to Silicon Valley, raised venture capital, and grew the company from three people and a kitchen table prototype to a one-hundred-fifty person company that can mass produce thousands of robots every day. In this talk, Mark will discuss the evolution of Anki from idea through mass production, and some of the challenges of bringing intelligent characters to life at large-scale.

Bio

Mark Palatucci is an inventor on multiple US Patents, and was awarded Ph.D fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Intel Corporation for his research on machine learning. Dr. Palatucci earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S and Ph.D in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.


  James Gosling 

  University of California Merced, Classroom & Office II Building (COB2), Room 140
  Date: May 5, 2017
  Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Lunch provided to RSVPs

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 Title : TBD

 

Abstract

TBD

Bio

James Gosling received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1977. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. The title of his thesis was "The Algebraic Manipulation of Constraints".

He spent many years as a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems. He has built satellite data acquisition systems, a multiprocessor version of Unix, several compilers, mail systems and window managers. He has also built a WYSIWYG text editor, a constraint based drawing editor and a text editor called `Emacs' for Unix systems. At Sun his early activity was as lead engineer of the NeWS window system.

He did the original design of the Java programming language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java, and a researcher at Sun labs where his primary interest was software development tools. He then was the Chief Technology Officer of Sun's Developer Products Group and the CTO of Sun's Client Software Group. He briefly worked for Oracle after the acquisition of Sun.

After a year off, he spent some time at Google and is now the chief software architect at Liquid Robotics where he spends his time writing software for the Waveglider, an autonomous ocean-going robot.