TechCrunch’s third robotics event is just over two and a half months away, and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy. We’ve already announced Anca Dragan, Melonee Wise, Hany Farid and Peter Barrett for our event and have an exciting pair of new names to share with you.
Alexei Efros is a professor in UC Berkeley’s department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a member of the school’s Artificial Intelligence Research Lab. His work focuses on computer vision, graphics and computational photography, utilizing visual data to help better understand the world. Efros also researches robotics, machine learning and the use of computer vision in the humanities. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he was a member of CMU’s Robotics Institute.
Rana el Kaliouby is the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab spin-off that creates software designed to recognize human emotions. El Kaliouby designed the startup’s underlying technology, which helps bring more depth and understanding to facial recognition. Prior to co-founding the company, she worked as an MIT research scientist, co-founding the school’s Autism & Communication Technology Initiative.