Speaker Vivek Burhanpurkar

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Vivek Burhanpurkar


Cyberworks Robotics

Vivek is CEO and founder of Cybeworks Robotics. His background in autonomous self-driving technology dates back to the mid-1980s when he wrote the world’s first academic thesis paper on the use of new AI principles for navigation in complex indoor environments while at the University of Toronto. He then published some of the earliest academic papers on autonomous navigation in peer reviewed IEEE and SME high impact journals, and was a keynote speaker at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence national convention. He has been featured in numerous popular media including the New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Times of India, Singapore Straits, Profit magazine as well as national and international television news programs. He also served as Managing Director of CRS Robotics, a 300 employee publicly traded multinational robotics company.

Vivek founded Cyberworks in 1983 leading the development of the world’s first fully autonomous industrial mobile robots that could operate in a completely unknown environment efficiently and systematically without any human instruction or preprogramming. Cyberworks developed a wide range of autonomous mobile robots including multi-terrain walking robots, security robots, military robots, decontamination robots and wheelchair robots. As the company’s CEO, Vivek oversaw its global expansion through strategic alliances with a series of multinational corporations in the US, Europe and Japan. Vivek was responsible for expanding Cyberworks from a basic R&D company into a full service, concept-to-production facility and leading a multinational group of academic and corporate robotic research teams in Canada, Holland, France, Belgium, USA and Japan. He also served as a Managing Director of CRS Robotics, a TSE traded multinational company with 300 engineers in Canada and Germany.

Since 2013, Cyberworks has been focused exclusively on the development of AI autonomous navigation software for third party vehicles. Vivek has negotiated strategic partnerships with leading universities and manufacturers across Canada and the US to leverage existing infrastructure and resources.

Speaking on: CIX TOP 20 EARLY SHOWCASE # 2


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