Innovations in Sensors, Sensing and Robot Vision

Thursday, May 24, 2018

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Commercial robotic systems typically require multiple types of sensors to capture information about the physical world, which following fusion and further processing allows them orient themselves, avoid obstacles, navigate, and provide additional information. The number, type, and quality of the onboard sensors vary depending on the price and target application for the platform. Common sensor types include 2D / 3D imaging sensors (cameras), 1D and 2D laser rangefinders, 2D and 3D sonar sensors, 3D High Definition LiDAR, accelerometers, GPS and more. Thankfully, solution providers continue to release low-cost, increasingly powerful products, and new sensing technologies are always emerging.

In this panel, attendees will learn of the latest advances in sensing products and technologies, including use cases highlighting important trends and examples of the latest sensing trends and techniques.


Aditya Kaul, Research Director, Tractica

Aditya Kaul is a research director at Tractica, with a primary focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. He also covers blockchain and wearables as part of his research. Kaul has more than 12 years of experience in technology market research and consulting. He is based in London.

Prior to Tractica, Kaul was a practice director at ABI Research, where he led the firm’s Mobile Networks research group. Kaul has also worked as an analyst and team leader at firms including Pioneer Consulting and Evalueserve, and has provided independent consulting services in the areas of Internet of Things, wearables, and smart cities. Kaul started his career as an electrical engineer designing chipsets and wireless networks with stints at Qualcomm and Siemens. Kaul has been a prolific speaker, moderator, and panelist at industry conferences and events, and has appeared frequently in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, CNBC, The Motley Fool, VentureBeat, Unstrung, ZDNet, Wireless Week, EE Times, and CommsDesign, among others.

Kaul holds two master’s degrees in engineering, from Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat in India.


Jeremy Bergh, Sales Director, North America, IDS Imaging Development Systems

Jeremy Bergh is Sales Director for North America at IDS Imaging Development Systems, Inc. He joined IDS in March 2013 as a sales rep, where he was responsible for generating sales leads, identifying customer needs, discussing projects on a technical and business level and much more. He was named Sales Director, North America, in September 2017. Prior to joining IDS, Bergh was a sales executive at Original Gourmet Food Company where he developed and executed the strategy in the Convenience Store Retail Channel as well as with major partners, such as with Blockbuster, Amazon, Ace Hardware, and Six Flags. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2001 with a BA in Communications.

Jason Derenick, Vice President of Technology, Exyn Technologies

Dr. Jason Derenick is Vice President of Technology at Exyn Technologies, Inc. A spin-off of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and founded by world-renowned robotics expert Professor Vijay Kumar. Exyn is commercializing technologies to enable safe, reliable and scalable autonomous flight in complex commercial environments. A defining aspect of Exyn’s aerial robots (or smart drones) is that they are truly “self-contained” and do not require access to infrastructure such as GPS or wireless communications in order to carry out their missions. Dr. Derenick brought nearly 15 years of direct experience in autonomous vehicle systems when he joined Exyn as its first technical employee in 2015. He is responsible for defining and driving its strategic technical agenda and building its core technologies. Prior to joining Exyn, Dr. Derenick was employed by United Technologies Corporation (2011-2015) where he helped pioneer the software behind Matrix Technology – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s autonomous system brand. For his contributions, he was recipient of UTC’s 2013 George Mead Medallion which is the corporations highest recognition bestowed upon an individual for achievement in science and/or engineering. He currently holds three patents with an additional eight pending in the area of autonomous vertical take-off, and landing aircraft and has been published in a variety IEEE forums. Among other notable achievements, he is a veteran of the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge and was a member of the only Track B team to successfully complete the final event. Dr. Derenick was a post-doctoral fellow under MAST-CTA (2009-2011) in the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds a Ph.D. (2009) and M.S. (2005) from Lehigh University.

Julian Ryde, Staff Scientist, Intelligent Robotic Systems, United Technologies Research Center

Dr Julian Ryde is a Staff Scientist, Intelligent Robotic Systems, working at the United Technologies Research Center since 2013, with a stint as Chief Scientific Officer for a construction robotics startup. With over 35 peer-reviewed journal, conference publications and book chapters published, his research focuses on perception for mobile autonomous systems particularly, localization and mapping from ranging and imaging sensors. In addition, he is also investigating perceptual simulation for enhanced autonomous intelligence. Ryde is an alumni of Cambridge University where he earned his BA Honors in Natural Science and MSci in Physics. Following was a PhD in Mobile Robotics from the University of Essex on ‘Cooperative 3D Mapping and Localisation of Multiple Mobile Robots’. Throughout his PhD, he developed data structures suitable for probabilistic representation of the environment surrounding a robot and produced a multi-robot system capable of mapping indoor environments in full 3D in real-time. Following his PhD he joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow where he worked with the Autonomous System Lab focusing on the automation of mining equipment; this work was published in Journal of Autonomous Robots in 2010. He has worked within the DARPA Mind’s Eye project developing smart cameras for human activity recognition and description and was the Co-Investigator on the Advanced Emergency Response project sponsored by the Federal Highway administration.