Kass Dawson is the Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications at SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA). Kass leads SBRA and its partners at the intersection of business strategy, the future of work, and social equality, elevating humanity both through and beyond robotics. Prior to SBRA, Kass led automotive marketing at Facebook and Jumpstart Automotive. At Mercedes, he led the national CSR initiative and Tri-State Area diversity programs focused leveling the playing field for underserved communities and increasing representation of all diverse groups. Kass regularly comments for publications such as the New York Times, WSJ, and Yahoo! Finance, and has recently spoken at CES, MAICON, and OHUB’s New Jobs Forum. Kass is a graduate of Amherst College.
Christopher Cacioppo is CTO at 6 River Systems where he is responsible for technical oversight and advanced programs. Christopher is a veteran of many startups and previously ran engineering at Mimio, an education technology company. Christopher has a Masters from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Stefan Nusser is Chief Product Officer at Fetch Robotics, overseeing product strategy for all Fetch robots and solutions. Before joining Fetch, Stefan was Senior Product Manager at Google, where he led product development efforts in the area of Cloud AI, Robotics and Search Infrastructure. Prior to that, Stefan served as CEO of collaborative robot startup Redwood Robotics (acquired by Google) and Executive Director of Solutions at robotics incubator Willow Garage. Before venturing into robotics, Stefan spent 15 years at IBM Research, leading world-class research teams in the areas of Security, HCI and Services Science. Stefan is named co-inventor on more than 20 US patents, has co-authored two books and over 15 peer-reviewed publications. He holds an MBA and a PhD in Business Informatics from Vienna University for Business Administration and Economics.
I am 1995 graduate of Northern Kentucky University holding degrees in both Mechanical and Industrial Manufacturing Engineering. I worked as an engineer for various names like Case International Harvester and Cincinnati Milacron before starting my first company in 1998. I would go on to start 3 companies providing engineering services, manufacturing, and turn-key automation before selling them off and joining DENSO Robotics where I am now the Robotics Sales Manager for the Americas. For the last 12 years, I have also been an adjunct professor for my alma mater, giving back, and teaching aspiring engineers Advanced CAD and Finite Element Analysis, and preaching about the future of technology.
George Pell is the Principal and Chief Strategy Officer of Thirty-Six, an innovation studio bringing a series of ventures to life for advancing neuroscience, medical intelligence, and human potential. George brings over 20 years from this space, where emerging technologies are first crafted and brought to life, including several which have helped shape the landscape of AI for the life sciences, such as discovery, augmented intelligence, and other cognitive technologies. He has made a multi-billion dollar impact in a range of innovation, strategy, and transformation roles for some of the world’s largest companies in the most high stakes of circumstances. George has invested his most recent 14 years in the life sciences space, where he brings a multidiscipline of advanced biology together with discovery and intelligence technologies, for next-gen applications in neuroscience and precision medicine.