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AESA Lecture: Robotics and Entrepreneurship

October 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Robotics and Entrepreneurship

Life of a scientist turned entrepreneur

Paolo Pirjanian, PhD
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

100 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91124


In the recent years we have witnessed a surge in commercial interest in robotics and related technologies with significant funding from the Venture Capital community.  This surge is fueled by successful products for robot vacuuming, drones, warehouse management and the financial growth they have driven.  With the confluence of technologies for navigation, mapping, manipulation, AI, and more we expect to see exponential growth in the field of robotics to transform the way we live, work, and play.

In this presentation, he will share his experiences in starting a robotics company, developing technologies, building products, and selling the products.  He will talk about the challenges involved in such ventures which go beyond the technical challenges.


Dr. Paolo Pirjanian is the founder/CEO of Embodied inc. a robotics and AI company based in Pasadena, CA.  Most recently he was the chief technology officer of iRobot where he led technology and product innovation leading to a break-through visual indoor mapping and navigation technology which is now powering millions of home robots. Prior to joining iRobot, he was the founder and chief executive officer of Evolution Robotics, Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked as a lecturer, teaching AI at the computer science department at the University of Southern California and as a researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Pirjanian has and still is serving as the chairman and board of directors of various technology organization and companies. He has more than 100 issued patents in robotics, AI and related fields.

Space is limited. Please RSVP here.
The lecture is free and open to the public with validated parking.


October 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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100 W. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91124 United States
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