UC Berkeley Professor Abbeel to speak at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics, May 11 at Zellerbach Hall

TechCrunch | 3/13/2018 | Ned Desmond
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TechCrunch’s upcoming TC Sessions: Robotics is fast taking shape. The single-day event, held on May 11, will focus of the crossroads of the latest AI and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem. We’re really pleased to announce two sessions for the show — as well as throw open the application for an early-stage robotics startup pitch competition.

Pieter Abbeel is a professor at UC Berkeley (EECS, BAIR) and co-founder of Embodied Intelligence, which is applying advances in deep imitation and deep reinforcement learning to train robots for new assignments.

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Abbeel’s lab has pioneered deep learning for robotics, including learning locomotion and visuomotor skills. His lab enabled the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article and folding it. During his PhD, he developed “apprenticeship” learning algorithms to advanced helicopter aerobatics, including maneuvers such as tic-tocs, chaos and auto-rotation, which only exceptional human pilots can perform.

TechCrunch’s editors will talk with Professor Abbeel about the impact of the latest deep learning technology on the advancement of robotics as well as his plans for Embodied Intelligence.

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Abbeel earned his PhD at Stanford University in computer science.

Venture Capital and Robotics

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Long a quiet category for venture capitalists, robotics is attracting more venture investment thanks to dramatic advances in sensors, GPUs, artificial intelligence and materials technology. We’re pleased to announce that three experienced investors in robotics will join us on stage to discuss what VCs are looking for in robotics startups.

Chrissy Meyer recently joined Root Ventures after spending a decade developing and shipping hardware, primarily at Apple and Square. Prior to Root, she was a founding team member at Pearl Automation, a vehicle technology startup. Meyer has managed projects that shipped tens of millions of units....
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