Chief Executive Officer
David launched operations at Universal Robotics in April of 2008, having raised private equity to capitalize operations. He is the Chairman of the Board. Before founding Universal, he was an entrepreneur in the motion picture industry, working as a producer for 17 years. He is a seasoned executive and fund raiser. David is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Robotics and Smart Device Committee of the World Economic Forum Network of Global Agenda Councils. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Chief Technology Officer
Alan is the principal architect of Neocortex. Alan is also an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where he supervises research on a humanoid robot, ISAC, in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. He has over fifty publications and has secured research funding in excess of $4 Million. Well regarded among his peers in robotics, he has been a member of the NASA Robonaut research team which includes scientists from USC, MIT, and UMass. His image processing lectures have been downloaded by over 100,000 engineers worldwide. His academic work has been in four different areas: signal and image processing, mathematical morphology, electromagnetic scattering, and sensory-guided robotics.
Prior to joining in 2009, Hob successfully planned, marketed and introduced software solutions for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies for 16 years, based on 10 years of engineering expertise. He has experience in aerospace & defense, telecommunications, test & measurement, electronic manufacturing, and the chemical process industries. He has three patents, won numerous marketing awards, and has published over a dozen articles in the US, Europe and Asia. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Wisconsin, and an Executive MBA from University of Denver.
Sr. National Accounts Manager
Manda is a well-rounded, results driven, customer-centric sales professional. She joined Universal Robotics in 2013 as the Senior National Accounts Manager, bringing with her a passion for technology, innovation and problem solving. She has 13 years of sales and leadership experience and attained a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, where she remains a volunteer sales coach for the MTSU Sales Team. Additionally, Manda is on the board of directors for the National Women’s Soccer Association. In her free time Manda enjoys playing soccer, hiking with her dog, local trivia nights and CrossFit.
In 2009, Shantel joined Universal Robotics with over 15 years of Operations experience. She holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical & Industrial Technology and a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology. Her broad experience in Engineering, Project Coordination, Business Operations, and Customer Service has provided a great solid foundation for her current role as Project Manager. She has been with Universal Robotics four years.
Director of Technology
As Director of Information Technology, Jon is responsible for the overall supervision, direction, and integrity of corporate data and computing resources. He has 16 years of experience in networking and systems design, implementation, operations, security, cost analysis, and return on investment. Jon holds an MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and a Masters Degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. As an independent IT consultant, he has helped many public and private organizations with the successful development and completion of networking, telecommunications, and computing projects.
Goutham oversees Universal’s research and development. He also is an expert in formal languages and discrete-event systems and their application to decision and control of autonomous systems. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, where he has been a member of the Networked Robotics and Sensor Intelligence Laboratory. He earlier received his Baccalaureate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. At Universal Robotics he is currently working on designing and implementing Neocortex – a general purpose learning software based on fundamental principles from formal languages, pattern recognition and machine learning.
Di received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, and has a M.S. Computer Science, and B.S. in Electronic Engineering. Di has developed learning algorithms that enable a robot to automatically generate a set of feasible grasps on a never-seen-before object using shape-based visual features. He also has extensive background in computer vision and machine learning.
Computer Vision Roboticist
Bryan received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC. His expertise is in computer vision, image processing, machine learning, and robotics. At Clemson his research was supported by NSF, DARPA, and ONR. He is the author or co-author of 11 conference and journal papers focusing on semi-rigid and non-rigid object manipulation and classification. At Universal Robotics, he is currently working on computer vision and machine learning techniques for industrial robotic solutions.
Ashwin received a MSEE from Ohio University in 2006 and his Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Madras, India. In his career as a Research Engineer and a Roboticist, he has designed, implemented and tested robot operating systems in software and on hardware. At Universal, he integrates and tests both hardware and software elements of Autonomy and Neocortex, working closely with the Computer Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers.
Shawn received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis in 1999. At Lucent he spent nearly ten years working as a developer on a large scale provisioning system where he gained expertise in CORBA, the middleware used for Neocortex, as well as software design, API development, and software versioning. At Universal Robotics he works on Universal’s software releases, middleware and the Spatial Vision product families.