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RI Seminar


Sarjoun Skaff Co-Founder & CTO Bossa Nova Robotics
Friday, February 14
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
CIC Building Room 1201
Yes, That’s a Robot in Your Grocery Store. Now what?

Abstract: Retail stores are becoming ground zero for indoor robotics. Fleet of different robots have to coexist with each others and humans every day, navigating safely, coordinating missions, and interacting appropriately with people, all at large scale. For us roboticists, stores are giant labs where we’re learning what doesn’t work and iterating. If we get it right, it will serve as an example for other industries, and robots will finally become ubiquitous in our lives.

Bio: Sarjoun is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bossa Nova Robotics. He is responsible for the development of Bossa Nova technology, from long-term robot autonomy to data analytics and AI. He has spent the last twenty years bringing robots to people’s lives, from commercializing half a million robotic toys to deploying robots that navigate retails aisles alongside shoppers. He loves building technology that helps people in their daily lives, and is currently developing data and automation tools to help retailers reinvent shopping. Sarjoun holds a PhD and a Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He holds multiple patents and has received awards including being named by Business Insider as one of 10 people transforming retail (2019), the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Western Pennsylvania (2011), the FEA Distinguished Young Alumni (2011) and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Top 50 in Tech (2010 & 2019).

Host: Jeff Schneider

Point of Contact: Stephanie Matvey (smatvey@andrew.cmu.edu)