Published On: Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020

Announcing a final bulletin for Robotics + AI — Mar 3 during UC Berkeley

TechCrunch is returning to UC Berkeley on Mar 3 to move together some of a many successful minds in robotics and synthetic intelligence. Each year we essay to move together a cross-section of large companies and sparkling new startups, along with tip researchers, VCs and thinkers.

In further to a categorical theatre that includes a likes of Amazon’s Tye Brady, UC Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Anca Dragan of Waymo, Claire Delaunay of Nvidia, James Kuffner of Toyota’s TRI-AD and a warn speak with Disney Imagineers, we’ll also be charity a some-more insinuate QA theatre featuring speakers from SoftBank Robotics, Samsung, Sony’s Innovation Fund, Qualcomm, Nvidia and more.

Alongside a preference of hand-picked demos, we’ll also be showcasing a winners from a first-ever pitch-off foe for early-stage robotics companies. You won’t get a improved demeanour during sparkling new robotics technologies than that. Tickets for a eventuality are still available. We’ll see we in a integrate of weeks during Zellerbach Hall.


8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration Open Hours

General attendees can collect adult their badges starting during 8:30 am during Lower Sproul Plaza located in front of Zellerbach Hall. We tighten registration during 4:00 pm.

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM

Welcome and Introduction from Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch) and Randy Katz (UC Berkeley)

10:05 AM – 10:25 AM

Saving Humanity from AI with Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley)

The UC Berkeley highbrow and AI management argues in his acclaimed new book, Human Compatible, that AI will doom amiability unless technologists essentially remodel how they build AI algorithms.

10:25 AM – 10:45 AM

Engineering for a Red Planet with Lucy Condakchian (Maxar Technologies)

Maxar Technologies has been concerned with U.S. space efforts for decades, and is about to send a sixth (!) robotic arm to Mars aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Lucy Condakchian is ubiquitous manager of robotics during Maxar and will pronounce to a problem and enthusiasm of conceptualizing robotics for use in a oppressive environments of space and other planets.

10:45 AM – 11:05 AM

Automating Amazon with Tye Brady (Amazon Robotics)

Amazon Robotics’ arch record officer will plead how a association is regulating a latest in robotics and AI to optimize a large logistics. He’ll also plead a destiny of room automation and how humans and robots share a work space. 

11:05 AM – 11:15 AM

Live Demo from a Stanford Robotics Club 

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Book signing with Stuart Russell (UC Berkeley)

Join one of a inaugural experts in synthetic comprehension as he signs copies of his acclaimed new book, Human Compatible.

11:35 AM – 12:05 PM

Building a Robots that Build with Daniel Blank (Toggle Industries), Tessa Lau (Dusty Robotics), Noah Ready-Campbell (Built Robotics) and Brian Ringley (Boston Dynamics)

Can robots assistance us build structures faster, smarter and cheaper? Built Robotics creates a self-driving excavator. Toggle is building a new phony of rebar for reinforced concrete, Dusty builds robot-powered collection and longtime robotics colonize Boston Dynamics has recently assimilated a construction space. We’ll speak with a founders and experts from these companies to learn how and when robots will turn a partial of a construction crew.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

QA: Corporate VC, Partnering and Acquisitions with Kass Dawson (SoftBank Robotics America), Carlos Kokron (Qualcomm Ventures) and Gen Tsuchikawa (Sony Innovation Fund)

Join this interactive QA event on a dermatitis theatre with 3 of a tip minds in corporate VC.

1:00 PM – 1:25 PM


Select, early-stage companies, hand-picked by TechCrunch editors, will take a theatre and have 5 mins to benefaction their wares.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

1:25 PM – 1:50 PM

Investing in Robotics and AI: Lessons from a Industry’s VCs with Dror Berman (Innovation Endeavors), Kelly Chen (DCVC) and Eric Migicovsky (Y Combinator)

Leading investors will plead a rising waves of try collateral appropriation in robotics and AI. The investors move a multiple of early-stage investing and corporate try collateral expertise, pity a affinity for a furious universe of robotics and AI investing.

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM

Facilitating Human-Robot Interaction with Mike Dooley (Labrador Systems) and Clara Vu (Veo Robotics)

As robots turn an ever some-more suggestive partial of a lives, interactions with humans are increasingly inevitable. These experts will plead a extended implications of HRI in a workplace and home.

2:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Toward a Driverless Future with Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley/Waymo), Jinnah Hosein (Aurora) and Jur outpost basement Berg (Ike)

Autonomous pushing is set to be one of a biggest categories for robotics and AI. But there are copiousness of roadblocks station in a way. Experts will plead how we get there from here. 

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

QA: Investing in Robotics Startups with Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Jocelyn Goldfein (Zetta Venture Partners) and Aaron Jacobson (New Enterprise Associates)

Join this interactive QA event on a dermatitis theatre with some of a biggest investors in robotics and AI.

Disney Robotics

Imagineers from Disney will benefaction state of a art robotics built to stock a thesis parks.

3:10 PM – 3:35 PM

Bringing Robots to Life with Max Bajracharya and James Kuffner (Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development)

This summer’s Tokyo Olympics will be a outrageous proof belligerent for Toyota’s TRI-AD. Executive James Kuffner and Max Bajracharya will join us to plead a department’s skeleton for assistive robots and self-driving cars.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

QA: Building Robotics Platforms with Claire Delaunay (Nvidia) and Steve Macenski (Samsung Research America)

Join this interactive QA event on a dermatitis theatre with some of a biggest engineers in robotics and AI.

3:35 PM – 4:00 PM

The Next Century of Robo-Exoticism with Abigail De Kosnik (UC Berkeley), David Ewing Duncan, Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley) and Mark Pauline (Survival Research Labs)

In 1920, Karl Capek coined a tenure “robot” in a play about automatic workers organizing a rebellion to better their tellurian overlords. One hundred years later, in a context of augmenting inequality and xenophobia, a panelists will plead informative views of robots in a context of “Robo-Exoticism,” that exaggerates both disastrous and certain attributes and reinforces aged fears, fantasies and stereotypes.

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM 

Live Demo from Somatic

4:10 PM – 4:35 PM

Opening a Black Box with Explainable AI with Trevor Darrell (UC Berkeley), Krishna Gade (Fiddler Labs) and Karen Myers (SRI International)

Machine training and AI models can be found in scarcely each aspect of multitude today, though their middle workings are mostly as many a poser to their creators as to those who use them. UC Berkeley’s Trevor Darrell, Krishna Gade of Fiddler Labs and Karen Myers from SRI will plead what we’re doing about it and what still needs to be done.

4:35 PM – 5:00 PM 

Cultivating Intelligence in Agricultural Robots with Lewis Anderson (Traptic), Sebastien Boyer (FarmWise) and Michael Norcia (Pyka)

The advantages of robotics in cultivation are undeniable, nonetheless during a same time usually removing started. Lewis Anderson (Traptic) and Sebastien Boyer (FarmWise) will review records on a rigors of building industrial-grade robots that both collect crops and weed fields respectively, and Pyka’s Michael Norcia will plead holding moody over those fields with an unconstrained crop-spraying drone.

5:00 PM – 5:25 PM

Fostering a Next Generation of Robotics Startups with Claire Delaunay (Nvidia), Scott Phoenix (Vicarious) and Joshua Wilson (Freedom Robotics) 

Robotics and AI are a destiny of many or many industries, though a separator of entrance is still formidable to overcome for many startups. Speakers will plead a hurdles of portion robotics startups and companies that need robotics labor, from bootstrapped startups to large-scale enterprises.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Unofficial After Party, (Cash Bar Only)

Come hang out during a unaccepted After Party during Tap Haus, 2518 Durant Ave., Suite C, Berkeley

Final tickets available

We usually have so many space in Zellerbach Hall and tickets are offered out fast. Grab your General Admission Ticket right now for $350 and save 50 bucks as prices go adult during a door.

Student tickets are only $50 and can be purchased here. Student tickets are limited.

Startup Exhibitor Packages are sole out!

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