A panel of experts discusses the incredible advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics and how these technologies are changing everything from home automation, to the way we drive, and manufacturing.
Terrence Southern, Lead Global Robotics & Automation Engineer, GE Global Research
Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, NASA-JL, CALTECH
Brian Brackeen, Founder, Kairos
There will be a break until 2:15pm.
Brian Brackeen is the founder & CEO of Kairos.com based in Miami, Florida. Kairos is an innovative facial recognition company. Their products enable any developer to use emotion detection and/or facial recognition in their app.
Kairos’ growth was noticed by the Wall Street Journal, it was selected as one of the top 25 startups in the country and it participated in the WSJ Startup of the Year. Kairos has raised more than 5 million dollars from investors in Florida and California and has 7,000 customers in 40 countries.
Brian cut his technological teeth at Comcast, IBM, and Apple. It was at Apple, where he implemented HR systems globally, that he caught the entrepreneurial bug, quit his job and started on his journey.
Terrence Southern is a Robotics Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Motivational Speaker. He is currently the Lead Global Robotics & Automation Engineer for GE Global Research where he is responsible for the automation strategy for all GE business units. Terrence’s passion for robotics rapidly grew and furthermore propelled him into a nationally recognized leader in the field of Robotics Engineering after his keynote presentation at the 2012 Robotics Industries Association Forum. Throughout Terrence’s 15 year career, he was worked for multiple Fortune 100 companies influencing the innovation and future of robotics while deploying nearly 2000 robots nationally during that time.
Mr. Southern is also CEO and Chief Consultant of HarozTec where he his primary responsibility is consulting, mentoring and managing entities in providing educational strategic planning, project management and research solutions. While this and his other corporate positions have been a source of great productivity and professional growth, Terrence’s heart has remained close to children living in communities where there is restricted access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. His own humble beginnings have fueled his passion to shed light on the possibilities of careers in the sciences for underprivileged children. From the heartbeat of this desire, Southern created iLLUMINATE S.T.E.M. to advance future workforce opportunities for K-12 students in related areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through interactive curriculum and competitive project based learning concepts. He determined to blaze the pathway for other African American interested robotics to follow in his footsteps.
Dr. AshiteyTrebi-Ollennu, FIET, FRAeS, SMIEE,PMP, FGA, is the Product Delivery Manager, for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System, Instrument Deployment System operations Team Chief and a technical group lead in the Robotic Manipulation & Sampling group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1999. He was born in Accra, Ghana. He received his Ph.D. degree in control systems from Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, United Kingdom in 1996 and B.Eng. (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom in 1991. He was a research scholar at Institute of Complex Engineered Systems, Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to 1999. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2007 Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Region 6, 2007 Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Medal from Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., 2010 Specialist Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. and The 21st Century Trailblazer Award in Systems Engineering from the U.S.A. National Society of Black Engineers, at the 2012 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a recipient of over a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U. K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has severed as a Guest Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine, Special Issue on Mars Exploration Rovers (June 2006). Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been on PhD committees at the Robotic Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. Dr Trebi-Ollennu is the founder of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) that won the prestigious Google RISE Award 2013.