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Steve Cousins, CEO

Steve Cousins is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. In the last three years of his tenure there, Willow Garage spun off 8 successful companies:

Steve is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM's Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. Steve holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.

 
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Tessa Lau, Chief Robot Whisperer

Tessa's passion is building systems that improve people's lives.  Her background in machine learning enables her to understand what roboticists are saying, while her expertise in human-computer interaction drives her to understand people's needs and design and build user-focused systems that address those needs.  Her goal at Savioke is to guide the development of robots that will revolutionize the service industry. Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

 
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Jonathan Binney, Lead Roboticist

Jon leads the development of the robotics software powering Savioke's robots.  His background in robot navigation enables him to design and implement robust algorithms that allow robots to navigate safely and optimally in human environments. Dr. Binney holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

 

 
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Chad Rockey,  Jack of all Robots

Chad's passion is building robots. By keeping abreast of the latest advances in hardware technology, Chad ensures that our robots make use of the latest and greatest sensors and components to maintain quality and maximize affordability.  With a wide breadth of knowledge including hardware engineering and device driver software, Chad keeps our robots moving smoothly.

 
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Adrian Canoso, Design Lead

Adrian loves to build products that are beautiful to behold and a joy to use.  At Savioke, he leads our effort to design robots that harmonize with their environment and satisfy real human needs. Through field studies and ethnographic research, Adrian interacts directly with the people who will use our robots to ensure that the products we build will prove useful. Armed with this wealth of knowledge, he then designs and builds beautiful prototypes that wow our customers.

 
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Dave Robson, Chief Cooperation Officer

Dave Robson, Chief Cooperation Officer, manages relationships with customers and strategic partners. He was previously the Chief of Staff at Willow Garage, where he supported the CEO in all aspects of running a 50-60 person leading edge robotics research and development company. He began his career at Xerox PARC in the Learning Research Group, where he contributed to several Smalltalk systems: Smalltalk-74 (the first Smalltalk in which classes were represented as first class objects), Smalltalk-76, Smalltalk-78, and Smalltalk-80. He coauthored, with Adele Goldberg, the first book on Smalltalk, "Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation". He later became a research manager at PARC, Quality Officer for Xerox Research and Technology, and Vice President of Human Resources for the Xerox Innovation Group.

 
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Izumi Yaskawa, Strategic Ambassador

Izumi takes responsibility for running all the aspects of our business including developing our business case, opening and maintaining relationships with potential investors and advisors, and keeping our finances running smoothly.  She is fluent in Japanese and wields this skill to build strong relationships with our partners in the robotics industry in Japan.  Ms. Yaskawa holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

 
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Gabrielle Merritt, Inaugural Intern (Fall 2013)

The first of Savioke's many interns, Gabby has been applying her knowledge of mechanical engineering to prototype and build an early version of the SaviBot mobile robot base.