scientific advisory board

Andreas Bley, Metralab
Andreas Bley is Co-founder and Managing Director at Metralabs. Andreas is focusing on automation, intellectual property rights and finance. He has studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Ilmenau University of Technology between 1998 and 2003. During this period, he also worked at Tyco Adhesives Ltd. in the United States and at the automotive manufacturer Manitou Industriali s.r.l. in Italy. Always fascinated by renewable energy technologies, he made his doctoral thesis about the usage of renewable energies by private households at the Institute of Economics, International Economic Relations, of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. In May 2007 he completed his work with a doctoral degree in the field of social and economic sciences with summa cum laude. During his studies he held a scholarship of the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme of the Foundation of German Business.

Ulrich Johnigk, v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel
Ulrich Johnigk received a degree in social work from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and is a certified project manager. He has been working for the Sarepta Foundation since 2000. His background includes counselling geriatric patients and relatives, managing Bethel's integrated patients' documentation and information system (DoSys) and various project management functions. Within Sarepta he currently coordinates building and technology projects and is responsible for strategic planning and innovation management. His vision is to create an innovative range of services to design an environment in which elderly people are able to live in safety, independence and dignity, especially in the light of a national and global nursing shortage

Paul Newman, University of Oxford
Prof. Paul Newman is a faculty member of the University of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science where he heads up the Mobile Robotics Group (MRG). He is also a tutorial fellow in Engineering at New College an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. Paul Newman has research interests in pretty much anything to do with autonomous navigation but particularly Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Robotics Research and The Journal of Field Robotics and a IEEE R.A.S European Distinguished Lecturer for 2008 and 2009.

Kat Nilsson, Head of Contemporary Science, Science Museum
Kat started out as a Plant Biologist which she originally studied at Manchester University then lept from research at Sheffield University into stand-up comedy which was predominately science. In the early days of the internet she produced on online content for the BBC and Chanel 4. She gained an MSc in Science Communication while working for Science Line then moved to the Science Museum. Here she led the Dana Centre's event programme - the world's first adults-only venue for dialogue on science with cross-disciplinary programming of zeitgeist-hitting events. In her current role as Head of Contemporary Science at the Science Museum she reinvented the Museum's science news gallery. Her team work like journalists covering the latest science, technology and engineering and medicine in innovative exhibits, exhibitions and events.

Radu B. Rusu, Open Perception, Inc
Radu B. Rusu is the President and CEO of Open Perception, Inc, a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University, and a world renowned expert in 3D data processing with over 10 years of experience in the field. Before Open Perception, Radu was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage where he created the Point Cloud Library (PCL) project. Radu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany in 2009 with summa cum laude. During his Ph.D., Radu was affiliated with the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) excellence cluster at TUM, the AIC (Artificial Intelligence Center) at SRI (Stanford Research Institute) as an International Fellow Researcher, and Willow Garage, working on 3D semantic mapping techniques for mobile robots. Over the past years, Radu has been on the board of many workshops and scientific events in the field, held at prestigious conferences such as: RSS, ICRA, IROS, ECCV, ICCV, AAAI, CVPR, 3DIMPVT, etc. He has co-/authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 2 books, and three best paper awards and nominations (ICAR 2009, RSS 2011, and EURON George Giralt PhD award). Radu is a senior IEEE member, and the recipient of the IEEE RAS Early Career Award 2013. Radu also won the Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge in 2011 with PCL.

Matthias Scheutz, Tufts University
Prof. Matthias Scheutz is a faculty member of the Tufts Univerity's Department of Computer Science. His research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life, Cognitive Modeling, Complex Systems, Foundations of Cognitive Science, Human-Robot Interaction, Multi-scale Agent-based Models and Natural Language Processing

Robert Taylor, Golden LivingCenters
Robert is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in California. He has worked with Golden Living on pilot programs to integrate new technologies into the LivingCenters. With experience in accountable care, capitated payments, and quality improvement, he is working to improve patient outcomes through applied technologies; including remote monitoring and robotics. He is a member and speaker with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF). He is a member and Senior Examiner with (American Health Care Association (AHCA).
Manuela Veloso, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Manuela Maria Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the President-Elect of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence), and the Past President of the International RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS. She is an international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics.

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