Misty the robot graces Fierce AI Week in engineering

Small but powerful, the Misty robot proved to be better than a late night talk show host during a keynote interview with Misty Robotics founder Ian Bernstein. (Misty Robotics)

Fierce AI Week brought out some of the brightest lights in artificial intelligence engineering.  Last week’s event included keynotes and panels every day, all of which can be accessed on-demand with registration.   In addition to engineering, there were biotech, healthcare and telecom tracks.  Check them out online! 

In addition to the on-demand menu, Fierce Electronics covered many of the experts separately in interviews and stories pertinent to AI engineers especially. Below are some highlights, with pointers to added on-demand content.  

Ian Bernstein, founder and CTO of Misty Robotics stole the show with a demonstration of Misty as a temperature screening assistant for  COVID-19.  Misty can be used for other purposes, but for temp screening includes a thermal camera, he explained in a story by Karen Field.    He also appeared in a keynote interview with Karen on Monday August 10 at 11 a.m. ET.

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Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly, talked with us about the long-term future of AI, including molecule-sized AI machines coming in 25 years that can be implanted in the human body.  The company has serious applications for drones already being used in military and civilian police applications, but also in public health for COVID-19 surveying of crowds for signs of fevers and coughing through infrared scans and use of other sensors.  He also spoke in a fireside chat on Wednesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. ET

Claus Lenz, CEO of Cognition Factory GMbH, offered the Tuesday August 11 keynote at 11 a.m. ET on the subject, “AI is far more than the sexy output you see.”  He was immediately followed by a panel on AI for industrial and manufacturing with Joakim Wiklund, CTO of Arable, Temitope Oladokun, AI engineer for Anheuser-Busch InBev and Leonard Lee, founder of NeXt Curve, a research advisory firm. 

Also, check out Oladokun's work with students in robotics in her native Nigeria.  She pays out of pocket for the robotic parts she needs for teaching. 

Vladimir Iglovikov, senior computer vision engineer at Lyft, said development of autonomous vehicles will last perhaps decades.  His biggest concern with self-driving is the need for better prediction capabilities. 

He also appeared on a Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET on a panel that included other experts in AI in autonomous technologies, including Maha Achour, CEO of Metawave. She explained ways radar technology will be critical to future autonomous vehicles.

Jean-Baptist Passot of Brain Corp.and Sarjoun Skaff of Bossa Nova Robotics discussed in separate interviews about AI with autonomous robots, mainly for use in retail settings with cleaning and inventory control.  Both appeared on the same panel with Iglovikov and Achour at 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Avi Keren, CTO of DSP Group, delved into the realm of AI for audio applications, including for smart bikes and hearbuds.  He appeared on a Monday August 10 panel at 11:30 a.m. ET about AI in consumer electronics along with Robert Oshana of NXP Semiconductors and Chris Rogers of SensiML

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