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Panelist bios


Dr. Santiago Olivera

Lead AI Intelligence Engineer 

Santiago has over 20 years of experience on complex systems analysis, modeling, and design and a great interest in developing bio-inspired innovative engineering solutions. As Lead Computer Intelligence Engineer he integrates his extensive engineering experience, cognitive and neural systems expertise, and software development skills to conceive, implement, evaluate, and optimize ground-breaking ideas that may take Neurala's brain one step higher on the intelligence ladder. He holds a BEng and MSc on electrical engineering and a PhD on computational cognitive neuroscience.


Dr. Matt Luciw

Principal Robotics and AI Vision Engineer  

Matt received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2010 from Michigan State University, and was a postdoc at the Artificial Intelligence research institute IDSIA, in Lugano, Switzerland, until 2014.  He has been with Neurala since 2014.  He has been working in AI for over 15 years, since his first research assistantship at MSU's Embodied Intelligence Lab.  He's authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles, and his "h-index" is 16, according to Google Scholar.  He plays guitar in several bands and writes music in his free time.


Dr. Jeremy Wurbs

Lead AI Intelligence Engineer

Jeremy is a Research Scientist at Neurala and is currently working to integrate deep learning technologies into Neurala's autonomous intelligence software. Before joining Neurala, Jeremy completed his Ph.D. studying and applying neuromorphic modeling techniques for UAS collision avoidance tasks, pioneering deep learning techniques that can take advantage of human-inspired optical flow methods to avoid objects with and without explicit identification. After applying these techniques on NASA UAV systems as part of a joint Boston University - NASA venture, Jeremy joined Neurala in order to help create a unified perception and navigation framework for mobile robots and drones utilizing advancements from the rapidly expanding deep learning space.


Abhishek Gaur

Deep Learning Engineer

Abhishek is a deep learning engineer at Neurala and specializes in research and development of deep learning models for range of applications. He finished his MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 2017. He spent the summer of 2016 creating the working prototype of Harman International’s first AI speaker that is in production as of today. Abhishek has spoken at University of Pennsylvania on “Deep learning on compute-constrained environments”. He enjoys doing dance and photography in his leisure time. You can see some of his photography work on Instagram at abs_lensbook.