John Lizzi is the Executive Director, Robotics, at GE’s Global Research Center where he leads the vision, strategy, and technical execution for robotics and autonomous systems. He and his team work across GE’s industrial portfolio to drive robotics and autonomy in the field, manufacturing, and healthcare domains. John sits on the Board of Directors of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). Over the past 18 years, John has held a number of technical program and leadership roles working closely with GE’s business units and strategic partners. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating with an M.S. Degree in Computer and Systems Engineering after graduating with a B.S. Computer Science from Siena College. John also holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany. He currently holds 7 patents.