The Robots Among Us
Young Professionals

August Bradley

Executive Producer and Host, MIND & MACHINE

Chris Hardouin

Sr. Manager Electronic Development, Spin Master

Ross Mead

Founder and CEO, Semio

Sabri Sansoy

CEO, Orchanic

Rand Voorhies

CTO, inVia Robotics

March 22, 2018 7:00 PM    Young Professionals

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Robots sort packages in our factories and offer assistance in our homes. We increasingly integrate them into our daily work and personal lives. But while the rise of the robots is here, it isn't quite how we imagined it would be. 

Join us at 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 22 for an expert panel discussion on the benefits, challenges, and ethics surrounding our new machine sidekicks.

Panelists include: 
Chris Hardouin, Spin Master Ltd

Ross Mead, Semio
Sabri Sansoy, Orchanic LLC
Rand Voorhies, inVia Robotics

August Bradley, Mind & Machine

Tickets: $15 for members and guests; $18 for non-members; $20 at-the-door

Networking Reception: 7:00 pm
Discussion and Q&A: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Refreshments will be served. Business casual attire encouraged.

Location: LA World Affairs Council Headquarters 3535 S. Hayden Ave., Suite 200 Culver City, CA 90232

Parking: Parking is available in the lot directly outside of 3535 Hayden after 6PM. Street parking is also available on Hayden Ave.

Cancellations must be made by 12:00 pm, Tuesday, March 20 in order to receive a refund.

Speaker Bios

August Bradley is the Executive Producer and Host of MIND & MACHINE, a weekly talk show and podcast with people at the forefront of transformational technologies and futurist ideas. He is a Frontier-Tech Strategist with YearZero, the consulting firm he founded to help companies initiate disruptive tech advantages in their fields, before they're disrupted by others. In this capacity he works with Artificial Intelligence/MachineLearning, AR/VR, Blockchain, IoT, Robotics, 3D Printing, Sensor-Tech, etc. August is also Advisor and Tech Curator for AI LA (leading Artificial Intelligence community in LA), and for Ye Old Futurist Union (an Oxford style debate society on futurist issues).

Chris Hardouin is the Senior Manager of Electronic Development at Spin Master, one of the largest companies in the world, responsible for such hits as Bakugan, Hatchimals, Paw Patrol and more. After graduating with his MS from Carnegie Mellon, Chris ventured into consumer robotics. He has worked at Mattel on such brands as Hot Wheels and Tyco R/C. Since joining Spin Master, his team has created toys such as Meccanoid, Arachnoid and an interactive BB-8 droid. Chris’ focus is on bringing magic and realism to consumer products through advanced technologies. He believes that the great futurists succeed because, like children, they dream without limits.

Dr. Ross Mead is Founder and CEO of Semio. Ross received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2015, and his BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2007. Ross's dissertation work focused on socially assistive robots, specifically on the principled design and computational modeling of fundamental social behaviors (such as speech, gestures, eye gaze, social spacing, etc.) that serve as building blocks for automated recognition and control in face-to-face human-robot interactions. His research provides the foundations upon which Semio software is being built.

Sabri Sansoy is the CEO of Orchanic. He is an MIT educated, seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for all things Artificial Intelligence (AI). As one of the world's leading AI experts he's leveraged several of the 30+ subcategories of AI such as machine/deep/reinforcement learning, robotics, computer vision, iot and natural language in the automotive, entertainment, fashion, medical, agriculture and environmental worlds. He has been involved in robotics and AI projects for Ridley Scott, IBM and fashion design firm Marchesa and Volkswagen.

Randolph Voorhies is CTO of inVia Robotics, a robotics startup providing next-generation warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce companies. Randolph has extensive experience working on robotics projects ranging from autonomous submarines to ground robots to quadrotors. He earned both his Masters and PhD degrees in Robotics from the University of Southern California.