Ashutosh Saxena’s Talk – June 29, 2017

Speaker: Ashutosh Saxena, Co-founder and CEO of Caspar.AI and previously professor at Cornell University

Location: BA 1220
Date/Time: Thursday, June 29th, 2PM
Title: Caspar.AI – Artificial Intelligence for Physically Embodied Systems


People spend over 60% of their lives in their home. However, the technology found in homes today is all from the last century! In this talk, I’ll describe how technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will change the landscape in this domain. Systems such as homes, cars and robots are installed with 100+ sensors and full control of devices in each home (shades, lighting, climate, …). This gives an AI very rich data to play with. In this talk, I’ll describe the problem landscape, deep learning algorithms and opportunities in physically embodied systems such as robots and homes.


Dr. Ashutosh Saxena is the Co-founder and CEO of Caspar.AI. Caspar.AI is building smart homes of the future which interact with you, learns from your preferences and work with you. In 2015 Ashutosh was selected among top 8 innovators to watch by the Smithsonian institution. He is also the recipient of the World Technology Award in 2015. Before Caspar.AI, Ashutosh spent four years as an assistant professor in Computer Science Department at Cornell University, where he founded Robot Learning Lab and co-founded Zibby. His vision is to build artificial intelligence for embodied systems such as robots, cars, and homes.
Dr. Ashutosh Saxena received his PhD in machine learning from Stanford University with Andrew Ng, and his B.Tech. in 2004 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He has also won best paper awards in 3DRR, RSS, IEEE ACE and IROS. He was named a co-chair of IEEE technical committee on robot learning, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He was a recipient of Google Faculty award in 2011. He was named a Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 2011, named a Microsoft Faculty Fellow in 2012, received a NSF Career award in 2013, and received an Early Career Award at RSS 2014.  His work has received substantial amount of attention in popular press, including the front-page of New York Times, BBC, ABC, New Scientist Discovery Science, and Wired Magazine. He was also a Chief Scientist at Holopad that built the 3D experience for Steven Spielberg’s movie TinTin.