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The Advisory Board

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Dr. Mirko Kovac

Dr. Mirko Kovac is director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College London. His research interest is the conception and design of novel morphologies and locomotion methods for mobile robots and their analogy in biological systems.

Before his appointment in London, he was post- doctoral researcher at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory as part of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. He obtained his PhD with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) in 2005. During his studies he was research associate with the University of California in Berkeley USA, RIETER Automotive Switzerland, the WARTSILA Diesel Technology Division in Switzerland, and CISERV in Singapore.

Since 2006, he has presented his work at numerous international conferences and in journals and has won several best paper and best presentation awards. Also, he is invited member of the scientific advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation, has been invited lecturer at more than 20 research institutions world wide and has been representative speaker on education and innovation at the World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium 2008 and the EPFL Didactic Days Conference 2008.
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Dr. Rich Mahoney

Rich Mahoney, Ph.D., is the director of the robotics program at SRI International. He has more than 20 years of experience in research, development, and commercialization of healthcare robotics technology, with a particular emphasis on assistive and therapeutic applications. At SRI, Mahoney leads a team working on cutting-edge robotics projects, including advanced component technologies and telemanipulation, for healthcare, security, and consumer applications.

Prior to joining SRI, Mahoney was general manager of the U.S. operations of Motorika, Inc., an early-stage medical device company specializing in technology for neurorehabilitation. Previously, he was the director of business development for Applied Resources Corp., and co-director of the Robotics Laboratory of the Applied Science and Engineering Labs at the University of Delaware and A.I. DuPont Institute.

Mahoney received his B.S. and M.S. from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, England, while attending on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Rich Mahoney is also the founder and President of the association Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR) which supports the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies.

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