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Paul Copioli

Paul Copioli

President
VEX Robotics, Inc.

Copioli has more than 16 years experience in robotics, engineering and management and a strong background in competition robotics for education. After receiving his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the US Air Force Academy, he received a Masters degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined VEX Robotics after working for Lockheed Martin and subsequently heading the mechanical product development group at FANUC Robotics America. A long time mentor to school robotics teams, Copioli was recognized in 2005 by FIRST as the national Woodie Flowers Award winner. The highest honor among mentors in the FIRST robotics community, the award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.

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Michael Gennert

Michael Gennert

Director
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Prof. Michael A. Gennert is Director of the Robotics Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. He has worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, the University of California/Riverside, General Electric Ordnance Systems, Pittsfield, MA and PAR Technology Corporation, New Hartford, NY. He received the S.B. in Computer Science, S.B. in Electrical Engineering, and S.M. in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and the Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Gennert is interested in Computer Vision, Image Processing, Scientific Databases, and Programming Languages, with ongoing projects in biomedical image processing, robotics, and stereo and motion vision. He is author or co-author of over 100 papers. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, Sigma Xi, NDIA Robotics Division, and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Robotics Cluster.

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Kurt Thern

Kurt Thern

Instructor
Fox Valley Technical College

Kurt is an instructor in the Automated Manufacturing Systems (AMS) program at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin. His AMS students learn how to integrate robotics in the context of various factory automation components such as programmable controllers, human machine interfaces, vision systems, sensors, and safety equipment. Fox Valley Technical College is also home to an ABB Robotics training center. In addition to teaching future technicians, Kurt trains end users and integrators of industrial robots in broad range of application areas. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

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Karen Long

Karen Long

Training Administrator
ABB Robotics

Karen Long is the Training Administrator for ABB Robotics. Karen is responsible for the operation of the Training department, facilitating the development of tools which aid in the selling and execution of training, and expanding ABB’s regional presence to deliver ABB quality training closer to our customers. During her 6 years at ABB, Karen has held several positions including Service Sales Consultant, Employee Development & Training Manager, and SAP Learning Manager. Prior to working for ABB, Karen ran her own technical documentation and training company providing a variety of services to automotive customers. Her additional experience includes marketing, product management, project management and sales at Lucent Technologies and AT&T. Karen holds a BA degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

Professor
Tufts University

Chris got all three of his degrees at Stanford Univ., where he worked with John Eaton on his thesis looking at particle motion in a boundary layer flow. From Stanford, he went to Tufts as a faculty member, where he has been for the last million years, with a few exceptions. Chris is involved in several different research areas: particle-laden flows (a continuation of his thesis), telerobotics and controls, slurry flows in chemical-mechanical planarization, the engineering of musical instruments, measuring flame shapes of couch fires, measuring fruit-fly locomotion, and in elementary school engineering education. He was awarded the Carnegie Professor of the Year in Massachusetts in 1998 and is currently the director of the Center for Engineering Education Outreach (www.ceeo.tufts.edu). His teaching work extends to the elementary school, where he talks with over 1000 teachers around the world every year on ways of bringing engineering into the younger grades. He has worked with LEGO to develop ROBOLAB, a robotic approach to learning science and math. ROBOLAB has already gone into over 50,000 schools worldwide and has been translated into 15 languages. He works in various classrooms once a week, although he has been banned from recess for making too much noise. Most importantly, he has three kids - all brilliant - who are responsible for most of his research interests and efforts.

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Lloyd Spencer

Lloyd Spencer

President & CEO
CoroWare

Lloyd has over 23 years of experience in the computer and networking industries in engineering, product marketing, business development, and sales management. His expertise spans a spectrum of service provider industries and technologies, including distributed network computing and embedded systems development. Previously, Lloyd served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at eQuest Technologies; Solutions Unit Manager at Microsoft; Assistant Vice President and Business Unit Manager at Newbridge Networks; and Product Line Manager at Sun Microsystems.

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Dan Kara

Dan Kara

President
Electra Studios

Dan Kara is President of Electra Studios, a recent start-up providing research robotics products and services, which are supported and augmented by integrated media communities. He is also analyst-at-large for Robotics Business Review where he focuses on robotics research, emerging technologies and vertical market segments exploiting robotics technology including education, healthcare, materials handling, and others. Prior to founding Electra Studios, Dan was President and Co-Founder of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the burgeoning personal, service and mobile robotics markets. He was developer and chairman of the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition series, the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition series, the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition series, and the CES Robotics TechZone. In addition, Dan was the publisher of RoboticsTrends.com, the leading online portal covering the intelligent, mobile robotics market, and launched Robotics Business Review. Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, VP of Advanced Information Technology Research at Sentry Group, Director of Research at Ullo International, and Chief Technical Officer of Software Productivity Group.

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Dr. Dennis Hong

Dr. Dennis Hong

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Dennis Hong is an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on robot locomotion and manipulation, autonomous vehicles and humanoid robots. He is the inventor of a number of novel robots and mechanisms, including the ‘whole skin locomotion’ for mobile robots inspired by how amoeba move, a unique three-legged waking robot STriDER, an air-powered robotic hand RAPHaEL, and the world’s first car that can be driven by the blind. His work has been featured on numerous national and international media. Dr. Hong has been named to Popular Science's 8th annual “Brilliant 10”, honoring top scientists younger than 40 years of age from across the United States, “Forward Under 40” by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Alumni Association, and also honored as “Top 40 Under 40” alumni by Purdue University. Hong’s other past awards include the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, the SAE International’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and the ASME Freudenstein / GM Young Investigator Award to name a few. Dr. Hong also actively leads student teams for various international robotics and design competitions winning numerous top prizes including the DARPA Urban Challenge where they won third place and the $500,000 prize, and the RoboCup, the international autonomous robot soccer competition where his team was the very first and only team to ever qualify for the Humanoid division from the United States.

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Hanno Sander

Hanno Sander

President
HannoWare

Hanno received his Computer Science degree from Stanford University where he built one of the first hybrid cars, collaborated on a micro-satellite, and studied artifical intelligence. He founded a startup to develop customized information services and then transitioned to product marketing in Silicon Valley with Oracle, Yahoo and Verity. Hanno moved to Christchurch, New Zealand to enjoy his growing family and focus on his passion to improve education with technology. His company HannoWare seeks to make sophisticated technology more accessible- robots, programming languages, debugging tools, and even oscilloscopes.

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Eric Gregori

Eric Gregori

Embedded Firmware Product Specialist
Freescale Semiconductor

Eric Gregori is an Embedded Firmware Product Specialist at Freescale Semiconductor. He is a robot enthusiast with over 15 years of embedded firmware design experience. His specialties are computer vision, artificial intelligence, and programming for Windows(R) Embedded CE, Linux(R), and Android operating systems. Eric authored the Robot Vision Toolkit, and developed the RobotSee Interpreter. Eric writes for Robot magazine (http://www.botmag.com), and has a blog about Robotics and Embedded Systems at: http://blogs.freescale.com/author/ericgregorifsl/

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