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As with terrestrial robotics systems, the addition of increasing levels of autonomy, empowered by artificial intelligence, has resulted in maritime platforms with greater capabilities and wider applicability, enabling new applications and entirely new business models in the process. In his far ranging and inspiring session on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, Nicolaus Radford, CEO and CTO of Houston Mechatronics, a developer of autonomous robots for deep ocean applications, will describe the growing opportunity for commercial class, unmanned maritime systems, including applications and markets. He will also highlight the specific challenges to developing autonomous underwater robots, as well as unique business models, using the entrepreneurial experience of Houston Mechatronics as a guide. Descriptions of Houston Mechatronics deployments and contract wins will also be included, as well as a those areas where critical capabilities are lacking, and thus open to innovation solutions.
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Nicolaus Radford is the co-founder, chief technology officer, and CEO at Houston Mechatronics, where he is responsible for growing and positioning the company as a robotics and mechatronics leader specializing in both intelligent automation and electric vehicles.
Prior to Houston Mechatronics, Radford spent 14 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the Dexterous Robotics Laboratory. At NASA, Radford was the principal investigator (PI) for the Valkyrie project, a humanoid robot developed initially for disaster response outlined in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. He also served as the deputy and chief engineer for Robonaut 2, a spaceflight humanoid robot, initially developed in partnership with General Motors.
Radford was also the PI for NASA in DARPA-funded advanced electric machine research for robotics using variable-flux memory motors (VFMMs). He led NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for crew exercise and mobility assistance and served as co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program, which focused on wearable robotics for military applications. Radford holds a BS and MS in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University.
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